112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

This page is about the 2014 conference. For 2015 conference info, go to PAMLA 2015.

Tentative Schedule - Complete with Abstracts

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American Literature after 1865 I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Sean Epstein-Corbin, University of California, Riverside

  1. Policing Necrocurrencies: Spiritualists, Counterfeiters, and the Classing of Unproductive Exchange after the American Civil War

    Daniel Graham, University of Connecticut.

    This essay pivots on Marxian considerations of spiritual and economic markets whereupon investors of the tangible and intangible dealt in what I term “necrocurrencies.” I examine Spiritualism as a cultural force in order to historicize and theorize its connection to state-sanctioned relations of capitalist exchange, particularly after the Civil War.

  2. The Virtual Orphan and the Racial Other: "Sivilizing" Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington.

    This paper will examine, through the study of orphan/adoptee Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), how the emergence of the modern adoptee is predicated on the construction of them as potential and virtual racial others within a family.  

  3. Fictions of Mugwumpery: The Problem of Representation in the Gilded Age

    Mary Hale, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    This paper examines the way in which popular Gilded Age political process novels think formally and thematically about the separation of political passion from ideological difference in post-war politics. Taking as an exemplar Harold Frederic’s early novel Seth’s Brother’s Wife, the paper has implications for our understanding of realism as an aesthetic and political project and the status of affective politics and literary theory in general. 

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Anne Carson’s Spiritual, Supernatural, and Sublime Poetics

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Diana Shaffer, Independent Scholar

  1. Standing Outside Oneself: Anne Carson, Autobiography, Ethos

    Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University.

    Working with sources as varied as ancient Greek Sophist Gorgias’ performative “Encomium of Helen” and Joan Retallack’s The Poethical Wager, this paper explores how Carson’s Autobiography of Red and Decreation confront and define ethos as an exploration and deconstruction of identity across genre, time, and textual form.

  2. "Holes in Blue": The Horizon of Desire in Anne Carson's Red Doc>

    Claire Grandy, New York University.

    This paper performs selective close readings of Anne Carson's Red Doc> while also comparing its structure, form, and themes to the philosophical approach to desire and ineffability that runs through Carson's oeuvre. I explore her engagement with time, memory, and loss as key tropes of desire. Desire is the pivotal driving force in terms of both love and knowledge for Carson, and this paper analyzes how Red Doc> structures desire as a receding horizon, perpetually approaching what can never be grasped.

  3. Semantic Indeterminacy and Interpretive Openness in Anne Carson's Nox

    Gustavo Llarull, Cornell University.

    Nox challenges our interpretive practices by preventing us from fixing the meaning of basic semantic units: the definitions of terms that have a most relevant influence on Carson’s search for the memory, life, and death of her brother Michael. This “suspended” status of meaning furnishes us with a richer, subtler linguistic repertoire to address the inquiry Carson embarks on.  

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Architecture, Space, and Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Simon Lee, University of California, Riverside

  1. "But coming nigh, the enchanted frigate is transformed apace into a craggy keep": An Analysis of Subversive Space in the Work of Herman Melville

    Izaak Hecht, Bard College at Simon's Rock.

    This paper is an exploration of several pieces of fiction by Melville, in particular "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "The Encantadas" and the different spaces that are set up within the text. These spaces function as a temporary refuge or heterotopia outside the dominant narrative. 

  2. Renovative Poetics: Ranch-Style Housing and the New American Poetry

    Pete Moore, Duke University.

    This paper brings together the history of the ranch-style home and the avant-garde coteries of American postwar poetry to think expansively about the institutionalization of vernacular forms. It poses the ranch-style home as an instance of corporate interest groups reifying a version of American culture in order to achieve what President Eisenhower described as the subtle, pervasive and complete aims of the Cold War.

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Autobiography I: Big Stories, Little Stories: New and Old Modes of Self-Narrative

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Tanya Heflin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  1. If You Knew What I Had Seen: The Limits of Empathy in Memoirs of Trauma 

    Tesla Schaeffer, University of Washington.

    This project considers the genre of memoir in conversation with current work in trauma theory and discourse. I analyze two “traumatic” memoirs – Helene Cooper’s House at Sugar Beach and Dave Eggers’ What is the What – in order to contend that the genre is in a unique position to expose the limits of empathy in traumatic representation. 

  2. ‘Small’ and ‘Big’ Narratives: Considering the Role of Narrative Arc in Digital Life Storytelling

    Michael Humphrey, Colorado State University.

    Scholars of identity and narrative continue to debate what constitutes a life story. This presentation examines narrative arc’s place in schemas of performers and audiences who are primed to “Tell a story” and proposes hypotheses to be tested with content analysis methods.

  3. Italian Women’s Autobiography: Spiritual and Secular Roots

    Aria Cabot, "University of Wisconsin, Madison".

    Scholarly studies on the Italian autobiography have focused almost exclusively on eighteenth-century male writers, while little attention has been paid to pre-nineteenth-century autobiographies authored by women. I attempt to trace the making of the Italian women’s autobiography by focusing on four autobiographical narratives produced between the mid-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries  by women of vastly different social and cultural backgrounds.

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Biocentrism and Nonhuman Ethics

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Melissa Brotton, La Sierra University

  1. (Other)worlding: Nature and Dominion in Arthurian Romance

    Julie Gafney, CUNY Graduate Center.

    This paper will investigate the uncomfortable coexistence and mutual influence of the human realm and the Otherworld, focusing on Orfeo and Launfal, but drawing also on the French Arthurian tradition. Ultimately, I will demonstrate that the traumatic and cathartic power of the Otherworld cannot indicate an interaction with something foreign and wild, but rather stems from the Otherworld’s status as imaginary origin, and as such, as something all too human.


  2. Interc(ursus), Disc(ursus): Ethical Dimensions of Nonhuman Hermeneutics in Marian Engel's Bear

    Cassia Gammill, Portland State University.

    Using Marian Engel's 1976 novel, Bear, as primary text, this paper considers ethical problems of attempts to read and interpret nonhuman subjects in terms produced by anthropocentric and heterosexist discourses, while examining the relationships between these. Approaches and explores ethical human/nonhuman relationality, eroticism, and forms of touch from a queer ecological perspective guided by prior work on erotogenic ethics, abjection, and queer sociability.

  3. Shelley and the Power of Insensate Things 

    Ruoji Tang, Cornell University.

    This paper argues that the current failure to cultivate a more ecologically sustainable politics reflects the fundamental difficulty in distinguishing between political power and the effects of power. Through readings of Shelley’s Queen Mab and The Mask of Anarchy, I make a case for poetry’s ability to reflect the limits and paradoxes of power to provide an alternative understanding of a nonanthropocentric environmentalism.

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Critical Theory I: Reading after de Man

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: John Namjun Kim, UC Riverside

  1. De Man's Obstacles

    Alexis Briley, Colgate University.

    This paper examines the curious interaction between de Man’s reading of particular texts and the operation of reading, itself, both of which might be described in terms of an encounter with “obstacle.”

  2. After Reading

    John Hicks, Getty Research Institute.

    The paper examines the pervasive literary critical preference for the term "reading" over more descriptive methodological terms like exegesis, interpretation, or hermeneutics. In what ways are both close readings and distant readings still considered to be readings, and why the reluctance to use more sharply defined terms for these methodologies such as exegesis vs. data mining?

  3. Formalism and Apathy in de Man 

    Aaron Hodges, Pennsylvania State University.

    My paper will address the relation between apathy and materialism in the "radical formalism" that de Man finds in Kant's philosophical aesthetics. 

  4. Reading, Reference, and Narcissism: The Limits of Semiotics in Paul de Man

    Ani Maitra, Colgate University.

    In this paper, I reflect on the work that “semiology” does in Paul de Man’s theory of reading, particularly in his theorization of the rhetorical basis of language and the “deflection" that is crucial to his definition of what constitutes “the literary.” I juxtapose de Man’s anti-humanist reading of semiotics  against a post-colonial social semiotics that urges us to see the production as well as the undecidability of meaning as an embodied, relational, and multiply mediated process.

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Edith Wharton

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University

  1. The Function of Nature in The House of Mirth

    Jacqueline Johnson, Claremont Graduate University.

     In Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905), nature is an amusing backdrop for Lily Bart—a distraction from her responsibilities of marriage and survival. Examining how nature functions in this work offers a new way to read those grappling with the confines of society.

  2. Misplaced Sympathies in The House of Mirth: The Dangers of Identifying with a Non-Entity

    Gabriela Valenzuela, California State University, Los Angeles.

     Emerging at a time when early 20th century middle-class readers codified reading for social mobility, The House of Mirth’s ending upset readers who identified with Lily Bart. However, Edith Wharton arguably deliberately created a sympathetic character to illustrate the dangers of leading a life centered on the pursuit of wealth.

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English as a Second Language Studies

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Marialuisa Di Stefano, Utah State University

  1. Demystifying the Statement of Purpose Genre for International Students

    Kimberly Morris, University of California, Davis.

    This paper explores the occluded nature of the statement of purpose genre and calls for a genre-based approach to corrective feedback to help L2 English speaking applicants conform to the often vague and inexplicit conventions of the genre so that their texts better meet the gatekeeper’s expectations.

  2. English Object Extraposition: How to Use and Learn

    Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea)., Nam-Geun Lee, Chosun University (South Korea).

    In this paper, with the observations with great variations in using the vacuous object extraposition, we
    suggest that the vacuous object extraposition is triggered by functional motivations such as the speaker’s affirmation of the CP clause, rather than simply by the lexical semantics (e.g., factive) of the matrix predicate.

  3. Psychological Issues in Forming English Language Speaking Experience

    Elena Polyudova, Defense Language Institute.

    This paper considers some psychological issues occur in studying English as a Second Language by adult students.  Communicative insecurity as a type of the performance anxiety appears while a non-native speaker communicates with native speakers. The paper presents ways to overcome psycological issues by using texts of popular songs.

  4. Second Language Acquisition in the Writing Center

    Cheré M. Smith, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Due to the challenges of tutoring student writers who use English as a second language (L2), this study applies concepts of L2 acquisition through a lens of sociolinguistics to the discussion of L2 student writers in the writing center. This paper suggests better strategies for tutoring L2 students. 

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English Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills

  1. Wilde, Ouida, and the Painted Portrait in Victorian Fiction

    Diana E. Bellonby, Vanderbilt University.

    This paper explores the forgotten genre of magic-portrait fiction, which popularized two familiar spirits: the male artistic master and the tragic female sitter. With a focus on the sitter and the dandy, I study the sexual economy of portraiture in late-Victorian fiction through readings of two magic-portrait stories: Ouida’s unstudied tale, “The Adder” (1888), and Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), which reworks the plot of Ouida’s earlier text.

  2. “Who’s to be master?”:  Lewis Carroll and J. L. Austin

    Leila May, North Carolina State University.

    In this paper I apply John Austin’s theory of performative utterances to prominent examples of such speech acts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, arriving at philosophical conclusions about the nature of nonsense and madness (and the relation between these categories) in the two lands that Carroll created.

  3. Mirrors, Masks, and Masculinity: Sheridan Le Fanu and Arthur Machen

    Molly O'Donnell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Part of a larger project on the nineteenth-century tales novel, this paper examines how Sheridan Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly and Arthur Machen’s The Three Impostors blur the clear-cut gender division articulated in the prior masculine presentation and feminine reinterpretation. The results of this study are revealing in the areas of gender, genre, narrative, and nineteenth-century studies.

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French I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Heidi Brevik-Zender, University of California, Riverside

  1. Portraits as Landscapes and Landscapes as Portraits: Photography, Cinema and France’s Identity in Journal de France by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret

    Nathalie Rachlin, Scripps College.

    Raymond Depardon said in a recent interview about his official portrait of Francois Hollande, that he shot the newly elected president as if he was photographing a landscape.  His most recent photographic work, La France de Depardon, on the other hand, can be seen as a project in which Depardon shoots France’s varied urban landscapes as if they were portraits.  In this paper, I will reflect on the relationship between portraiture and landscape imagery in Depardon’s filmic and photographic work

  2. Voids, Rifts and Straits: Urban Spaces of Transition


    Claudia Esposito, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

    This paper focuses on buried and silenced moments in historical narratives of the Maghreb, through multiple overlapping techniques such as painting, photography, writing, music, and installation. While the paper takes a long view of history, its focus is on contemporary artists and the postcolonial era. 

  3. French World or Flat World? Food and Globalization in Five Recent Films

    Aaron Prevots, Southwestern University.

    Recent documentaries on food present a multifaceted image of France. Has globalization harmed France’s glory and negatively affected its citizens? Or facilitated innovation and heightened stateside perception of French attitudes? This paper will consider such questions as presented through film, along with pedagogical issues and resources for teaching about culture.

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Germanics I: Transnational Identities

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin

  1. Kolonie – Weltflucht – Hollywood. Utopieverlust und Medienwechsel in Christian Krachts Imperium

    Andre Schuetze, Tulane University.

    Christian Krachts Roman Imperium ist die Beschreibung eines Utopieversuchs auf dem Höhepunkt europäischer Kolonialentfaltung. August Engelhardts Gemeinschaft, die nur von der Kokosnuss leben will, wirkt wie ein unzeitgemäßes Relikt. Engelhardt muss lernen, dass er dieser Welt nicht entkommen kann und dass die Utopie neue Wege gehen muss.

  2. Re-inventing German Collective Memory after the Wende

    Pauline Ebert, Smith College.

    Since German unification, when there no longer were two German states who could each blame the other as the heir of National Socialism, the collective German past had to be renegotiated. And the claim that many Germans too were Nazi victims took center stage in post-unification discourse. This paper explores the discourse about Germans as Victims from after German unification in 1990 until today.

  3. Friedrich Schiller, Welt(en)bürger: From Socrates to Obiwan Kenobi

    Jeffrey L. High, California State University, Long Beach.

    Given Friedrich Schiller’s establishment of the grammar of the freedom tragedy genre, it is not surprising that some of the most resonant films of recent decades, including George Lucas's Star Wars, demonstrate a Schillerian awareness of the moral high ground of death-defying rebellion against foreign occupation. The presentation will demonstrate Schiller’s continued resonance in the US from the 1790s to the significant parallels between Star Wars and Don Karlos.

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Italian Cinema I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Clarissa Clo, San Diego State University

  1. Operai di tutto il mondo mettetevi all'ascolto! Elio Petri con Dziga Vertov

    Antonio Iannotta, University of San Diego.

    La classe operaia va in paradiso (1972) è tra i rari film italiani che entra in fabbrica, esaminandone il sistema e il rapporto tra uomo e macchina. La proposta intende analizzare il film di Petri concentrandosi sugli aspetti sonori e mettendolo in risonanza con Entusiasmo (1931) di Dziga Vertov.

  2. Dario Argento’s Deep Red and Technology

    Valeria Dani , Cornell University.

    I will analyze the articulation of technology in Deep Red considering the Freudian concept of the uncanny, mediated by the Heideggerian idea of technē as an unveiling tool. I will delineate a new interpretation based on the idea that technology, here, is the ultimate and privileged means of revealing a repressed past.

  3. Da Il trono vuoto a Viva la libertà: dalla parola all'immagine

    Tina Pugliese, University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Di alto impegno civile e morale che ha sempre caratterizzato il miglior cinema italiano, Viva la libertà (film uscito nelle sale italiane solo a un anno di distanza dalla pubblicazione del libro da cui è tratto) ha un chiaro valore profetico e ricorda tematiche simili espresse da Nanni Moretti in Habemus Papam uscito nel 2011.

  4. Così ridevano: The New Italian Comedy from Berlusconi to Renzi

    Vito Zagarrio, University of Rome 3.

    Many recent studies tend to re-legitimate the Italian Comedy (the Comedy Italian Style of the 60s/70s, the "cinepanettone", etc.). The paper investigates the Italian comedy of the 2000, which is characterized  by interestng topics, new directors and screenwriters, excellent acting.

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Latina/o Literature and Culture I: Latina/o (Dis-) Locations: Mapping Space and Place

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross C)

  1. Excavating an Evacuation (Part One): Manazar Gamboa’s Memories around a Bulldozed Barrio and the Social Imaginary of Dodger Stadium

    William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper will be the first to consider in any detail whatsoever the complex narrative of Manazar Gamboa's book-length poem, Memories around a Bulldozed Barrio. Gamboa's poem serves both as a poignant memoir of his childhood in Los Angeles and a means to critique the dispossession of a community by a corporate franchise of the sports entertainment industry.

  2. Latina/os and Morrissey: The Moz-Angeles of History in a World of Crashing Bores

    Mario Alberto Obando Jr. , "University of Minnesota, Twin Cities".

    Morrissey’s music is part of a lexicon of Latino/a love and his voice, whether placed in the background or in the foreground of our experiences, can serve indeed as a method of contestation crossing the lines of the expected and placing us into the unknown forms of knowing—challenging assumptions regarding race, sexuality, gender, sex, space, class, migration, time and social formations. Mediating on the lyrics, we find that Latinos are challenging capitalist heteronormative time. 

  3. El Nuevo Ni e’: Ne(i)ther Regions in Josefina Báez’s Levente no. Yolayorkdominicanyork and El Ni ’e Blog

    Li Yun Alvarado, Fordham University.

    “El Nuevo Ni e’: Ne(i)ther Regions in Josefina Báez’s Levente no. Yolayorkdominicanyork and El Ni ’e Blog” explores DomincanYork author Josefina Báez’s use of print and electronic mediums to portray Dominicanyork women’s lives and by extension articulate the complexities inherent in inhabiting transnational spaces and leading transcultural lives.

  4. Sports and Latina/o Literature, Culture, and Visual Art

    Jennifer Avila, University of California, Riverside.

    The landscape of sport in Latina/o literature and art is an area of study that deserves much attention. The study of sport humanities is significant because sport, itself deeply embedded in the American psyche, can be seen as reflective of culture and society in a variety of ways. I see matters of sport as central to my engagement with Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and cultural studies because I feel both areas of study can, synergistically, enrich discussions of the body, performance, gender, identity, and sexuality.

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Linguistics I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Covadonga Lamar Prieto, University of California, Riverside

  1. Attitudes among Speakers of Vernacular Spanish in Los Angeles

    Claudia Parodi, University of California, Los Angeles.

    In this paper we examine some social and linguistic attitudes among different speakers of vernacular Spanish in Los Angeles. We argue that LAVS is a legitimate form of speech that characterizes a speech community different from others.

  2. The Spanish-es of North County, San Diego

    Michelle Ramos Pellicia, California State University, San Marcos.

    This project documents the phonological variation in Puerto Rican, Mexican American, MexiRican, and Guatemalan Spanish in North County San Diego, a region in the past described as a more or less homogenous community of Mexican American speakers (García 2003; Silva Corvalán & Lynch 2009; Silva Corvalán 1994).

  3. Investigating the Lexicon of Early California Spanish: Nahuatlismos in the Work of a Peninsular Missionary

    Catherine Fountain, Appalachian State University.

    Building on recent research into the origins of the Spanish of Alta California, this study examines the lexical choices of Fray Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta in his Mutsun-Spanish vocabulary, written in 1815. While his language exhibits characteristics of Peninsular Spanish, his lexical choices support the assertion that early California Spanish is principally Mexican in origin.

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Medieval Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: David Marshall, California State University, San Bernardino

  1. SEL, Havelok the Dane, and King HornReligious and Secular Cohesion 

    Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    The paper explores Laud Misc. 108, and analyzes some of the saints’ lives (in the South English Legendary) and Havelok the Dane and King Horn, to show that the manuscript is not the result of mere haphazardness, but that its works enrich the idea of emerging English identity.


  2. Sanctifying the Secular: The Hagiographic Politics of Havelock

    Shay Hopkins, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Havelock presents its hero in ways that mirror the way in which local, regional English-king saints of the 12th and 13th century were depicted. I suggest that this romance figure functions in similar ways to their saintly counterparts: they facilitate the formation of provincial community identity.


  3. “Riche and Pore, Most and Leste”: Jewish Identity, Christian Theology, and the Politics of Estate in The Northern Passion

    Omar Hussein, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper investigates the interconnections between antimercantilism and anti-Semitic/anti-Judaic tropes in late Middle English literature, using The Northern Passion from Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61 as the primary text. Peter Ladd’s work on antimercantilism along with Robert Chazan’s studies of Medieval anti-Semitism are used to help resolve some apparent theological contradictions in the poem.

  4. No Mercy for Poetry: La belle dame sans mercy and the Failure of Poetic Language 

    Ricardo Matthews, University of California, Irvine.

    I explore la dame’s pointed response to amant’s attempts to seduce her as a literary alternative, spoken plainly, and free “of eloquence, of meter, of colours.”  The dame’s “nay” is not necessarily against love but against a language which is incapable of giving voice to truth or worse designed to be untruthful.  I will describe a conflict where a desperate poetry runs aground in the face of la dame’s refusal to accept poetry’s claims that words can reveal in “opyn evidence” the truth of love.

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Poetry and Poetics I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Olivier Bochettaz, California State University, Long Beach

  1. Material Ecopoetics: Plastic Materialities and Plastic Textualities in Evelyn Reilly’s Styrofoam

    Shouhei Tanaka, California State University, Long Beach.

    Conceptualizing a material ecopoetics in Evelyn Reilly’s Styrofoam that strives toward a “thing-oriented” imaginary, this study explores how Reilly foregrounds plastic as agential, accumulative, and abject objects that radically transform global ecology amid the Anthropocene by troubling the unstable boundaries between human/nonhuman, garbage/commodity, and local/global.

  2. Approaches to Border Crossing in Miroslav’s Holub’s Universe of Science and Poetry

    Jessica Stark, Duke University.

    In an interview Miroslav Holub claims “poetry is not a revelation,” but a “language of translation.” Analyzing Holub's Vanishing Lung Syndrome, I will apply Maria P.P. Root’s border crossing theories in an effort to use the metaphor of multicultural contact as a means of translating the complex networks of the bicultural presence of both science and art in his poetry.

  3. Poesía arruinada: Poesía cubana tras el derrumbamiento de la ideal

    Conor Harris, University of California, Riverside.

    Through a critical reading of several select works of Reina Maria Rodriguez I trace the development of a poetics of melancholy with respect to the dimishing revolutionary atitude of the Cuban government and its subsequent conversion to a privileged site of poetic resistance to any repressive imposition on the part of said government.

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Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College

  1. Surface Play: Kinetic Ethics in Theory and Games

    Christopher Weinberger, San Francisco State University.

    By first surveying reception histories of the video games Assassin’s Creed, Portal, and Bioshock, and then tracing the mutual challenges and inconsistencies that arise through comparison to what more purely literary approaches yield, I demonstrate that these games make ethically productive demands on players and critical methodologies themselves.  I propose that we consider “surface playing” an instructive model of responsiveness to immersive aesthetic experience.

  2. Cheat Code Criticism: Unlocking Easter Eggs in Ludonarratological Debates

    Lisa Brown Jaloza, University of California, Riverside.

    Drawing upon theorists/scholars including Henry Jenkins, Jane McGonigal, and Colin Milburn, this paper explores video games as a storytelling medium and the ways in which they remain distinct from their oral and text-based counterparts. Games to be examined include Gone Home, L.A. Noire, and The Wolf Among Us.

  3. Oh, Baby Girl: Examining the Relationship between Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us

    Timurhan Ecarma Vengco, San Francisco State University.

    This paper will argue that Joel’s position as a dominant, male protagonist in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us prevents Ellie, his companion, from finding her own agency, independence, and power as a female protagonist, despite her abilities in combat and survival in this post-apocalyptic, zombie-narrative.

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The Haunted Sixties I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Haunted Kitchen

    Deborah Paes de Barros, Palomar College.

    The Haunted Kitchen

    For the women of the sixties and seventies the kitchen was a fraught and spectral space. Post 9/11 there is a return--although in a haunted and fractured manner--to the devilish space of the domestic. This paper explores this spooky culinary locale.

  2. The Haunting of Don Draper

    Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside.

    Don Draper is a man with secrets, haunted by his past self and living a double life as husband and lover. The haunting of Don Draper exemplifies Mad Men’s insight into the threshold between a materially grounded realism and the imaginative room-for-play that Walter Benjamin found in technological media including advertising and film. With Don as its creative genius, advertising functions as a kind of gothic castle in which desire opens the unpredictable doors of history in the 1960s.

  3. "Hot Steams" in Hot Places: Problems in Commemoration

    Barb Neault Kelber, Palomar College.

    Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Eudora Welty's "Where is the Voice Coming From?" take us to 
    hot places and dark violence, haunting the national narrative in
    this season of commemoration. As we mark fifty years since those early struggles for Civil Rights and the murder of Medgar Evers, we are confronted with the persistent problem of articulation and restless
    spirits. Tensions relating to authority, memory, and fear continue to haunt the landscape of race and sexuality. 

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American Literature after 1865 II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Impact of Maternal Bonds on Homosocial Desire in Henry James' The Bostonians

    Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle.

    I shall explore two gaps in current scholarship of Henry James’ The Bostonians. I argue that the novel’s lesbian pairing between Olive Chancellor and Verena Tarrant is informed by maternal absence in the political sphere; each suffer from hysteria partly due to their desire to recreate maternal bonds. Because the novel’s protagonist, Olive Chancellor, was based on Alice James, this reading may reveal that James blamed their mother for his sister’s hysterical nature and queerness.

  2. Little Girls Lost: Exploring the Presence of Carroll’s Alice in Nabokov’s Lolita

    Vana Derohanessian, California State University, Northridge.

    In “Little Girls Lost”, the theory of intertextuality will prove crucial to the reader’s comprehension of ways in which Vladimir Nabokov creates a sympathetic reader for such an unsavory, unsympathetic character like Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Reader responses, as well as a critical intertextual approach, will be integrall to understanding the connection between the familiar, comforting images from Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and the consenting reaction the reader has towards Humbert Humbert. 

2-02 -

Architecture, Space, and Literature II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Patricia Michele Robinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  1. The Gentrification of Spanish Harlem: Place, Memory and Desire in Chango’s Fire by Ernesto Quiñónez

    Crescencio López-González, Utah State University.

    The urban imaginary narrated in the novel is a symbolic representation of the processes of gentrification lived by a traditional working-class neighborhood in New York’s Spanish Harlem. The analysis of this novel concentrates on the interpretation of the symbolic realities lived by the characters and how the adverse economic conditions shapes the characters’ experiences and realities.

  2. The New Identity: Fragmentation of Identity as the New Identity in Sebbar's Sherazade

    Niyiri Manougian, Independent Scholar.

    In Sherazade Leila Sebbar explores the formation of identity for Sherazade—a young woman of Algerian parents born and raised in France—in the postcolonial and marginalized underground society of Paris.  Sherazade’s identity is not based on who is, but rather focuses on who she’s not

  3. Female Ramblers and the Reconstruction of Private Space in Jane Eyre, Passing and Girls

    Sun Jai Kim, Michigan State University.

    Delving into the figures of female ramblers depicted in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847),Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), and Lena Dunham’s Girls (2012), the paper attempts to explore how a female character’s movements in the public sphere questions, interferes and redefines the dynamics of space, while achieving a radical sexual-awakening.   

2-03 -

Asian American Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Sharon Tang-Quan, Independent Scholar

  1. Killing Chickens: Violence and Assimilation in Gish Jen's Typical American

    Nina Ahn, California State University, Northridge.

    In Gish Jen’s Typical American, violence – particularly against women - is articulated as an inseparable and deeply problematic part of the assimilative process. I argue, in fact, that the “accident” at the end of the novel is no accident at all and is instead an attempted murder, a culmination of Ralph Chang’s desperate attempt to assert control over his family and punish his sister for supplanting him as patriarch. 


  2. A Ride to America: Cars in Gish Jen's Typical American

    Chia-feng Chang, Northern Illinois University.

    Cars in Gish Jen's Typical American symbolize the Chinese immigrants' mobility in assimilation. When the Changs pursue their American Dream, cars display the complexity of their American experiences, and also demonstrate their ability to balance both their Chinese and American identities. 

  3. Transnational Abjection: Performance and Politics of Adoption Depression in Jane Jeong Trenka’s The Language of Blood and Fugitive Visions

    Joseph Kai Hang Cheang, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper will de-pathologize adoptee writer Jane Jeong Trenka's depression depicted in her autobiographies by reframing it as a productive site which allows her and her readers to realize that her intra-subjectivity is an inter-subjectivity which she shares with her biological and adoptive parents, as well as the sending and receiving countries. 

2-04 -

Autobiography II: What Is This Self?: Interrogating Subjectivity in Autobiographic Narrative

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Dulce de Castro, Collin College

  1. Critical Memoir: A Recovery from Codes

    Sarah Heston, University of Missouri, Columbia.

    "Critical Memoir: A Recovery from Codes" considers how life writing by academic theorists can be included in memoir to redefine the history and preoccupations for the genre away from the self and autodiegetic narratives and toward an articulation of absence through multi-authored texts.

  2. The Immortalization of David Beckham

    Juan Pablo Bustos, University of California, Riverside.

    In sports, when a person says that they want to “leave a mark” in anything, it indicates that they have created a postself. The postself is when a person becomes concerned as to how he or she will be remembered or “immortalized” in history. This paper will examine David Beckham’s postself in his autobiographies Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography (2004) and the self titled David Beckham (2014).

2-05 -

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Roland Finger, Cuesta College

  1. “When There Is No Room in Hell”: A Re-examination of Socio-Political Themes in Two of George A. Romero’s "Dead" Films

    Manya Wren, California Baptist University.

    Although human life is dubious in any George Romero film, the regional auteur breathes life into the zombie culture by personifying their existence in Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead; thus, the audience observes the humanized zombie characters, which provides a hopeful outlook of a grim future, at least for the living-dead.

  2. New World Order: Governance & Hierarchy in The Walking Dead

    Andrew Howe, La Sierra University.

    The human characters in The Walking Dead navigate a world in which their culture and kinship structures have been obliterated.  Alternate modes of governance are modeled by competing characters, the zombies a mere backdrop to the human drama of power and dominance that is on display.

  3. A Dracula Translation of Female Characterization: One Voice, Two Heroines in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the First Silent Film Adaptation, Drakula halála

    Arlene Drachslin, California Baptist University.

               In Hungarian film director, Károly Lajthay’s Drakula (1921), the original, yet non-extant film   adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Victorian female characterization diverges from the threatening depiction of the New Woman for reasons attributed to cultural representation of an Austro-Hungarian, non-Western mentality concerned with conveying social and political messages, via German Expressionism in the art of film.

  4. The South Rises Again: Civil War Vampires and the Lost Cause

    Allison M. Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles.

    In movies, television shows, graphic novels, and fiction, the South, as promised, rises again. 150 years after Gettysburg, the dead of the Civil War do not rest peacefully—and sometimes, they bite. This paper examines the significance of Civil War vampires and what their presence in literary and visual culture reveals about the changing and malleable legacy of the conflict, including the ways in which the causes and effects of the war are understood today.

2-06 -

Creative Writing: Poetry that May (or May Not) Change Your Life

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Indexical

    Carol Samson, University of Denver.

    Indexical is a prose poem of 1,330 words. It explores photographs as indexes, toying with the records kept by old Polaroid photographs, turning sallow yellow, with the stereo-cameras that required the manufacturing of stereoslides, and with memory itself as it cannot help but escape the margins of a photograph, seeking to reconcile the now with the then of images and of mind that are bound in photographic records of  red houses and angular women holding birthday cakes and black dogs in black and white.

  2. The Psyche’s Stirring: Ekphrastic Poetry and Its Aiding in Understanding Art and Ourselves

    David Clark, Independent Scholar.

    David B. Clark is a writer, poet, and adventurer from Denver, Colorado. He spends his free-time reading, writing, traveling, and partaking in various outdoor activities. He will graduate this autumn from Metropolitan State University of Denver with his Bachelor’s in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Tourism. 

  3. Bruises Heal, Memories Engrave

    Orlinda Pacheco, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    Orlinda Pacheco is a second year MFA student at California State University, San Bernardino and has been published twice in The Pacific Review. She currently lives and writes in Apple Valley, California.

  4. Exploring the New Landscape

    Amelie Frank, Poet.

    Amelie Frank, author of five poetry collections, reads extensively in Southern California, and has featured for the Newer Poets Series, LACMA, and MOMA. She has served as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, as a trustee of Beyond Baroque, LA's historic literary arts center, and she has received numerous citations for her work as a publisher.

2-07 -

Critical Theory II: Interpellating Subjects

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Tanya Rawal, California State University at Los Angeles

  1. "Unmeaning Jargon": Afro-pessimism, Art, and Post-Black Legibility

    Ciarán Finlayson, Bard College at Simon's Rock.

    The “post-black” project purports to liberate young black artists from the constraints of an ethical regime of art.  This paper historically situates the emergence of this mode of thought in relation to discourses on black artists, probes its anti-black underside, and proposes new ways of seeing works of art in total darkness.

  2. This China Which Is Not One: 

    The Record Industry in the 1920s and 1930s Hong Kong

    Aubrey Tang, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper argues that in the condition where global circulation of capital, talent, and technology is made possible, nationalist thoughts are necessarily constituted with global influences. It disputes the assumption that the national or the local is the opposite of the global, but call their mutually constitutive relationship into question. 

  3. Doubling, Cloning, and Interpellation

    Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside".

    Drawing on psychoanalysis, this paper explores the uncanny and deathly dimensions of “interpellation” in the work of Althusser and some of his interlocutors, including Butler, who tend instead to find a "life-drive," rather than death, aligning it with doubling, cloning, or viral reproduction of subjects.

2-08 -

English Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Ray Crosby, Moreno Valley College

  1. The Uncanny Le Fanu, or Interpretation and the Return of the Repressed: In a Glass Darkly

    Kevin Swafford, Bradley University.

    Fraught with guilt and obsessive fears in which the realities of social, cultural, and political history inscribe themselves in, and determine the grounds of, subjective and inter-subjective experience, Le Fanu’s stories in In a Glass Darkly may be read as so many symbolic actions that work through a political unconscious in which the social-historical traumas of the past return to haunt the present. 

  2. Captain Frederick Marryat and Charles Babbage: Alternative Coders of Victorian Culture

    Daniel Wuebben, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

    This illustrated presentation analyzes the divergent thinking and practical inventions of Captain Frederick Marryat and Charles Babbage, giving special focus to Marryat’s Code of Signals (1817), Babbage’s “Difference Engine” (1823), and “Analytical Engine” (1837). Marryat and Babbage—rebels, tinkerers, restless thinkers—were to the early Victorian period what the mythical programmer-in-the-garage has been to recent revolution in computer electronics.

  3. Animal Lust: Naturally Selecting the Abject Female Body in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles

    Cody Hoover, University of California, Riverside.

    In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles (1891), Tess Durbeyfield is portrayed as an animal, and her body is sexualized and economized, simultaneously ideal and abject. I suggest that Hardy argues for the sanctity of less ideal women while also attempting to expose the problems with the pseudo-Darwinian notions of his day. I hope to achieve a reconciliation between the postmodern and bio-cultural theory, highlighting how the female body may be the blurring element between the biological and the cultural.

2-09 -

French II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine

  1. Symbolic Violence and the Novel:  Germaine de Staël's Delphine

    Lynn R. Wilkinson, University of Texas, Austin.

    The two endings of Germaine de Staël's Delphine (1802) are equally important for an understanding of the novel.  The first, in which the main characters die heroically and absurdly, represents an active refusal of the oppressive culture of the Ancien Régime.  The second, in Léonce's obsession with honor kills Delphine slowly, suggests the insidious influence of this culture in nineteenth-century Europe and points forward to the nineteenth-century novel, in which symbolic violence plays a key role.

  2. Ghosts in the Closet: Homosexuality as Specter/Spectacle in Jean Lorrain’s Monsieur de Bougrelon, Monsieur de Phocas, and Le vice errant

    CJ Gomolka, DePauw University.

    While homosexuality was decriminalized in France after the 1789 Revolution, the specter of deviant sexuality haunted France throughout the nineteenth century.  This talk will discuss the relationship between homosexuality as specter and spectacle in fin-de-siècle ideology through an analysis of the representation of the dandy in Lorrain’s Monsieur de Bougrelon, Monsieur de Phocas, and Le vice errant.       

  3. Vision in Emotion: Racine and Proust

    Winter Borg, University of California, Davis.

    The works of Racine (Phèdre) and Proust (Tome II) will be juxtaposed in order to analyze the qualities of vision and reception in the characters of Thésée and Marcel (viewing Phèdre performed by la Berma). The ability of literature to assist the reader in managing emotions will be discussed and explored.


2-10 -

Germanics II: Heroes Wanted

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"

  1. Ein Säugling als Held fehlender Heim(-)lichkeit: Zur naturalistischen Poetologie in Papa Hamlet

    Martina Caspari, "Hochschule Esslingen, Germany".

    Papa Hamlet, gelesen als zentraler poetologischer Text des Naturalismus, fokussiert auf einen Säugling als Helden, der kein Held mehr sein kann, sondern misshandelt, unterernährt und von der Hand des Hamlet zitierenden Vaters getötet wird. Er ist stiller Empfänger und ultimatives naturalistisches Opfer in einem dysfunktionalen Beziehungsdreieck, das im kreatürlichen Aufschrei nur noch die Sinnlosigkeit des Seins betrauern kann. Die Familie wird so zum Unort des Familiären –  oder zum Ort des Un-Heimlichen.

  2. Exoticism in the Third Reich: Ernst Friedrich Löhndorff’s Hawaiian Leprosy Novel Die Frau von Hawaii

    Richard Sperber, Carthage College.

    While numerous studies have recently been published on German exoticism in the 1920s and 30s, the position of exoticism in the Third Reich has been ignored. A close reading of Löhndorff’s Die Frau von Hawaii (1938) reveals that exoticism both advanced and undermined Nazi principles.

  3. The European Imaginary in Contemporary German-Language Literature

    Anke Biendarra, University of California, Irvine.

    Is there such a thing as a literary Europe? Can literature create Europe? Taking these basic questions as its premise, this talk investigates how select contemporary German-language writers view the European project, how they configure cultural identity and citizenship through literature and how their narratives address configurations of European identities that transgress national belongings in favor of transcultural imaginaries in the twenty-first century.

2-11 -

Gothic Returns: The Familiar in Contemporary American Gothic

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Chad Luck, California State University, San Bernardino

  1. Ghosts in the Closet: Other Voices, Other Rooms and the Queer Gothic Family

    Bri Lafond, California State University, San Bernardino.

    I argue that Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms is less about individual queer actualization, but rather about establishing larger support structures for the queer community, particularly in the form of the specially chosen—or curated—family. In particular, Capote harnesses the tropes of Southern Gothicism by symbolizing family structures—both extant and burgeoning—through a series of “haunted” houses that the queer protagonist must enter and explore.

  2. Everywhere Broken Glass: Attraction, Abjection, and the Haunted Self in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Haunted"

    Trista Payte, California State University, Northridge.

    This paper will explore the ways in which Joyce Carol Oates’ “Haunted” utilizes the traditional gothic trope of the haunted past to explore the ways in which heteronormative pressure can create an abjection of non-normative sexuality, but cannot provide an escape from the ghost of desire left in abjection’s wake. 

  3. Grotesque Sensory Fragments: A Metamodern Explication of Extreme Sensuality and Violent Aftermaths in Kubrick's The Shining

    Angel Lua, California State University, San Bernardino.

    In this paper we will revisit The Shining and analyze the sensory fragments projected by the Torrance family’s visions for a meta-modern interpretation. I will use the documentary Room 237, in addition to past criticism, to explicate scenes of sensuality, violence, and grotesqueness that evoke the familiarity in the Overlook Hotel’s specters. I will also shift between Kubrick’s vision and the cultural expectations/audience reception of the late 20th century horror film genre to further empower the viewer’s interpretation of the film.

  4. Rethinking Gothic Temporality: Beloved's Ghost on Legree's Plantation

    Jon Blandford, Bellarmine University.

    While we usually think of Gothic temporality in terms of the past returning to haunt the present, this paper argues for its potential to operate in the other direction, analyzing the extent to which Uncle Tom’s Cabin might be read as “haunted” by future events.

2-12 -

Italian Cinema II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University

  1. La Grande Bellezza and Fellini’s Roma: Italian Cinema and the Legitimation of Art

    Christian Griffiths, Monash University.

    This paper conducts a close analysis of La Grande Bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) to articulate the film’s exploration of the conflict between the art of the present and the past. To illustrate the critical relevance of this theme,  a comparative analysis with Fellini’s Roma (1972) will be conducted.

  2. Music and Migration: Documenting the Lesson of Old Italians

    Clarissa Clo, San Diego State University.

    This presentation proposes a comparative analysis of Giuseppe Gagliardi's La vera leggenda di Tony Vilar (2006) and Andrea Zambelli’s Di madre in figlia (2008). Spanning decades and continents both films examine the role of music and gender in the life and labor of the protagonists.

  3. Migration Documentaries: Archiving Memory and Experience

    Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego.

    This presentation will take as its subject the current production of documentaries related to the burgeoning immigrations to Italy.  Reviewing some of the most recent films made by migrants and non migrants alike, as well as reviewing recent feature films on the subject, I will work toward proposing a viewer's vocabulary of sorts by which a these films can hopefully find greater circulation and a more engaged audience.  The films I will discuss include South of Lampedusa, Non tutti i neri vengono per nuocere, and Va' pensiero.

2-13 -

Latina/o Literature and Culture II: Printing Latinidad: The Power of Paper in Latina/o Literature

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Robb Hernandez, University of California Riverside

  1. Woodblock Prints and Politics, Empathy and Memory: The Pre-Revolutionary Pueblo in Agustín Yáñez’s Al filo del agua

    Stephanie Fousek, University of California, Riverside.

    In The Edge of the Storm, Agustín Yáñez conveys his vision of the pre-Revolutionary pueblo in Mexico. I examine three salient features of this text – the particularity of the village and its relationship to the “Mexican soul”; the incorporation of European modernist techniques; and Yáñez’s collaboration with artist Julio Prieto – to show their contribution to the text’s success in soliciting empathy from readers.

  2. Papers Please: Documenting Immigrant Rights

    Anita Huizar-Hernandez, University of Arizona.

    In this paper, I survey protest posters collected by the activist organization Alto Arizona! in the years following the passage of SB 1070 that build a narrative that prioritizes the human rights of immigrants over their legal status. 

  3. Embodied Multiculturalism and Paper Production: A Mestiza (Xicana, Filipina, and Euroamerican) Approach to Printed Creative Texts

    Cristina Smith, California Institute of Integral Studies.

    This study seeks to heal traumas of racism by employing a feminist and decolonial lenses to map integrative solidarity in the embodied intersections where mestiza literature is situated.           

2-14 -

Linguistics II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Michelle Ramos Pellicia, California State University, San Marcos

  1. Computer Mediated Discourse Analysis: Stance-taking in Twitter

    Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico.

    This paper addesses stance-taking in social media, focusing on formulaic constructions associated with gender and age, including all up in… and the vocative dude, both associated with a stance of ‘coolness.’ The paper examines the function and context of these terms in a corpus from Twitter, exploring their link to verbal irony.

  2. Morphological Ergativity and Ergative Languages in Contact with Spanish

    Eva Nunez, Portland State University.

    The aim of this presentation is to analyze the concept of morphological ergativity and its sociolinguistic applications, specifically of those ergative languages in contact with Spanish. This paper combines a general view of what this modern concept of morphological ergativity implies and its specific patterns in ergative languages such as Basque, Maya (Yucatan, Mexico), Chol (Chiapas, Mexico), Pano (Peru), and Tagalog (Philippines). 

  3. The Role of English in Spanish Conference Presentations in the United States

    Carolina Viera, Roanoke College.

    Drawing on computer-assisted discourse analysis of a corpus of 32 Spanish conference presentations (CP) given by professors and graduate students in the United States, I claim that the use of English is a recurrent and instrumental linguistic feature of the bilingual professional community of Hispanic Studies in the United States. 

2-15 -

Medieval Literature II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Crossing Horizons in Idris's Nuzhat al-mushtaq

    Christine Chism, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper contrasts al-Idrisi’s discussion of the fourth climate in the Nuzhat al-mushtaq to Ibn Jubayr’s more anxious account of the same Mediterranean regions, arguing that Idrisi’s climatically organized text sidesteps the freighted divisions between the Dar al-Harb and the Dar al-Islam, to render up a geographically homogenized world.

  2. Erogenous Economy in La Celestina of Fernando de Rojas

    Marina Najera, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper presents an economical perspective for evaluating Fernando de Rojas’s work La Celestina. I propose to show how Celestina was able to transcend the patriarchal structure through the commodification of sex, while creating a sexual empire, acquiring substantial power and influence, overall acquiring agency.

  3. The Kurdish Mem u Zin and the Boundaries of Identity

    Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Ahmad Khani’s court poem Mem u Zin (ca. 1695) speaks to a Kurdish cultural and religious identity we trace within the arc of Islamic connections with the ancient world.  This talk looks at two romance analogues — from classical antiquity, Pyramus and Thisbe, and from medieval France, Aucassin et Nicolette—and then at Aristophanes’ myth of love in Plato’s Symposium.  Against these possible sources and analogues Mem u Zin has not been studied. 

2-16 -

Poetry and Poetics II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach

  1. A New Language for a New Perception: The Influence of Chinese Poetry on the Composition of Spring and All

    Olivier Bochettaz, California State University, Long Beach.

    This study highlights the numerous evidences of Chinese influences on the composition of Spring and All. We will show evidences that many of the poetic devices used in Spring and All, Williams’ breakthrough as a modernist, are actually either borrowed from traditional Chinese poetics, or resulting from the fusion of the English language with ideogramic linguistic concepts.

  2. “Words dry and riderless”: Plath and the Articulation of Loss

    Addison Palacios, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper focuses on the trajectory of Sylvia Plath’s poetry as she attempts to articulate the feeling of loss, to name that which has been lost, and melancholia’s effects on language. I also argue that poetry, particularly the confessional mode of poetry popularized in the 1950’s, can enable successful mourning while also identifying factors which can inhibit it.

  3. The “Defective and Disqualified Consumer”: Sylvia Plath, Existentialism, and the Proto-Neoliberal Regime

    Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside.

    The paper examines several of Sylvia Plath’s poems within a neoliberalist and existentialist framework that locates her depression in both the oppression of a patriarchal, “post-ideological” capitalism, and in the objective meaninglessness of the cosmos itself, thus waging a war on Plath from both political and personal fronts.

  4. Renewing "The Rose": Dada and the American Aesthetic in William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All

    Krista Daniel, University of Washington.

    My paper uses “The Rose” from William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All (1923) to examine how Williams’ commitment to the local manifested itself within his poetic aesthetic. “The Rose” deploys elements of Dada—specifically creative destruction and what Benjamin terms mechanical reproduction—to detach the rose from symbolic associations and rehabilitate it as word and object.

2-17 -

Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Taylor Evans, University of California, Riverside

  1. Playwriting: Mass Effect and the Use of Video Games as Digital Rhetoric

    Jonathan Lee, Independent Scholar.

    This presentation will review the merits and potential roles of video games in a contemporary classroom with emphasis on composition and creative writing, using the Mass Effect series as a specific example and demonstrating how virtual spaces function as digital rhetoric.

  2. Achievement Unlocked!: The Gamification of First Year Composition

    Kristen Schellhous, California State University, San Bernardino.

    With the world of gaming colliding more frequently with education, gamification has become the new iteration of how to combine the two. Using concepts from the gaming world, gamification gives teachers and students new ways to find motivation and increase learning goals. This project will examine how gamification can be practically used in First Year Composition and what the benefits, limits, and possibilities might be.  

  3. Coding Gender, Modding Games, and the Struggle for Identification

    Ricardo Ramirez, California State University, San Bernardino.

    This project investigates how gender has been coded throughout gaming's history using a selection of games as examples reflecting different gaming eras (As programmers literally code gender). We also explore how internal game programming is utilized to create gaming mods, providing fans to play a game completely different from the designers' intentions.    

2-18 -

Rhetorical Approaches to Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Kassia Waggoner, Friends University

  1. Cross-Dressing: Negotiating Gender and Genre in Anne Carson’s Poetics

    Diana Shaffer, Independent Scholar.

    The proposed paper analyzes Anne Carson’s rhetorical use of ekphrasis to problematize the traditional categories of gender and genre, rhetoric and poetics, and word and image in selected poetry and prose essays. 

  2. The Performativity of Pinto Poetry: Analyzing How the Content and Design of Prison Poetry Reveals the Preservation of Racist Ideologies

    Jazmine Wells, Texas Christian University.

    The language and rhetorical design of prison poetry illustrate the marginalization and discrimination Latino males experience both inside and outside of prison. Because these conditions must be transferred from society in order to exist inside of the prison, I argue that an analysis of pinto poetry will reveal the preserved, active, racist ideologies of our society that are often masked by non-preforming laws.

  3. Mid-Century Literary Sound Recordings and the Rhetoric of the Cold War

    Eric Rawson, University of Southern California.

    This paper situates mid-century poetry-recording projects in the context of Cold War attempts to create and project a robust American literary culture. As anxiety about producing documentary evidence of a national culture spurred the identification of an artist’s aural performance with official sanction, institutional discourse—academic, governmental, and pedagogical—collided with aesthetic discourse and technological ideology.

2-19 -

Taking Flight: Lyricism, Regionalism and Feminism in British and American Literatures

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (Marriott Orangecrest)
Chair: Kelly Douglass, Riverside City College

  1. Birdsong Across Time: Romantic, Late Victorian, and Modernist Theory in Poetry

    Sandra Diaz, Riverside City College.

    By exploring how birds are used as symbols for human ideas on death, creativity and transcendence in 19th century to early modern British lyric poetry, we see how birds came to represent more than these themes but also the literary periods they were created in.

  2. The Written Script and the Part You Play

    Joaquin Martinez, Riverside City College.

    In Bret Harte's "The Luck of Roaring Camp," the narrator serves as an external prohibitor, suppressing other characters' individual desires and constructing their subjectivity. By re-constituting them as totem images of Western society, the narrator prevents the (re)emergence of innate desires that may have been repressed into the subconscious.

  3. Birds, Balls and Feminism

    Bre'Ale Waddell, Riverside City College.

    Sarah Orne Jewett in "A White Heron" uses her central character, an impressionable girl, as a vessel to discuss the clash between feminine innocence and patriarchy while Kate Chopin in two stories defends a controversial view in her patriarchal society, that a woman could be an independent, free-thinking, sexual creature.

2-20 -

The Haunted Sixties II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: Deborah Paes de Barros, Palomar College

  1. Psychedelics as Postmodern Sacrament in Marco Vassi’s The Stoned Apocalypse: The Role of Drugs in the Creation of the Postmodern Sacred 

    Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside.

    Critiquing Emily McAvan's The Postmodern Sacred by reading Marco Vassi's The Stoned Apocalypse, this paper will detail how the New Age counterculture used psychedelic chemicals and psychedelic trip narratives to explore simultaneously livable realities, one rational, materialist, and one irrational, spiritual. 

  2. John Lennon's Unfinished Exorcism: Summoning and Banishing the Ghosts of the '60s

    Jocelyn Heaney, Glendale College.

    Beginning in 1970 with the dissolution of the Beatles, this essay will explore the tension between exorcism and evocation of the Beatles myth by examining John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album,  Yoko Ono’s art work and recordings since Lennon’s death in 1980, and in the realm of supernaturally-themed Beatles fan fiction.



  3. “Are You Alone?”: Mad Men, the 1960s, and Madison Avenue as the New American Midcentury Gothic 

    Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside.

    The haunting events and existentialism of the 1960s in the television series Mad Men forms the basis of a new genre I have termed the ‘New American Midcentury Gothic,’ which is characterized by psychological trauma, uncanny architectural spaces, mysteriously infiltrating technology, cultural unrest, and fear of the racial Other.


Presidential Address and Luncheon

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm (RCC Exhibit Hall C)
Chair: Lorely French, Pacific University

  1. “A Coterie of Spiritualists and Free Thinkers”: Spectral Riverside

    Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Cheryl Edelson, Associate Professor and English Discipline Coordinator at Chaminade U of Honolulu, author of “Talking ‘Bout Some Heisenberg: Experimenting with the Mad Scientist in Breaking Bad" (forthcoming) and “Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic," discusses Riverside’s hosting of “a coterie of spiritualists and free thinkers.” From “potent medium” Eliza Tibbets to Jacques Derrida, Riverside stirs the “familiar spirits” of heterodoxy and preternatural exploration.

3-01 -

A Walking Tour of Historic Riverside (Friday)

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Lower Concourse)
Chair: Steve Lech, Riverside Historical Society

  1. Historic Riverside: Back in the Day

    Steve Lech, Riverside Historical Society.

    This walking tour (please wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a brisk pace) will be conducted by Steve Lech, President of the Riverside Historical Society and native Riversider, who has written 8 books on various Riverside County history topics, including Along the Old Roads – A History of the Portion of Southern California That Became Riverside County, 1772-1893, considered to be the definitive history of Riverside County.

3-02 -

American Literature after 1865 III

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Colin Drumm, University of California, Riverside

  1. Monotony and Metonymy in Labels, Identity, and Culture: Psyche of a Well Dressed Killer

    Anni Aslanian, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Our material obsessed culture, used to mask our true identities and intentions, are explored in an in-depth analysis of American Psycho’s well-dressed murderer in order to define society and who we are as a result. 

  2. Cool Labor: Women of the Global, Virtual Economy in William Gibson's Blue Ant Trilogy

    David Puthoff, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

    In this paper, I look at how William Gibson depicts two female protagonists doing social and technological work in the post-9/11 world of business, raising questions about the hidden work of exploiting new technologies and the ways women are used to facilitate networking on behalf of multinational corporations.

  3. Oppositional Narcissism in Percival Everett's Erasure

    Akiva Gottlieb, University of Michigan.

    This paper will study the effects of narcissism on a dialectic of racial shame and pride in Percival Everett's 2001 novel Erasure. Everett’s satirical novel engages and purposefully exaggerates the epistemological bind facing the contemporary African-American novelist: either write with the express purpose of educating the public about “the African-American experience,” or risk complete invisibility and isolation. I will argue that Everett’s author protagonist, Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, fights for the right to his own narcissism.

  4. The Soul's Smithy: David Foster Wallace on the Making of Americans

    Colbert Root, Temple University.

    This presentation will be a literary analysis of David Foster Wallace's late work. Focusing particularly on the stories from the short story collection, Oblivion, and his unfinished third novel, The Pale King, I will demonstrate how these works fit into a larger civic philosophy Wallace developed throughout his life.

3-03 -

Ancient-Modern Relations I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. DRM BCE: Textual Self-Defense in Ancient Greece and Modern Law

    Christopher Edmonston, "University of California, Irvine".

    Pursuant to an intended prehistory of modern intellectual property concepts within Greek antiquity, this paper examines textual fixation and the ontology of the underlying literary work starting from claims respecting the functional integrity of the seal of Theognis (sphragis) and the Classical stoichedon epigraphic style.

  2. Ovid and Woody Allen: Narcissus, Echo, and Sweet and Lowdown

    Bruce Golden, "California State University, San Bernardino".


    Woody Allen’s1999 film, Sweet and Lowdown exemplifies a subtle, profound and deeply ironic re-interpretation of one of antiquity’s most compelling and enduring narratives: the story of Echo and Narcissus.  Hattie embodies a 1930’s Echo, who is unable to express her love for Emmet Ray, Allen’s 1930’s Narcissus, Emmet. 

  3. Metamorphosis and Animal Subjectivity in Ovid, Apuleius, and N. Scott Momaday

    Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College.

    This paper compares the subjectivities of newly-formed animals in Ovid, Apuleius, and N. Scott Momaday in terms of Nagel’s assertion that we can only imagine what it is like for us (and not a bat) to be a bat, concluding that Momaday is more interested than Ovid in that project.

  4. Mommy Issues: Scylla, Charybdis and Anxieties about Feminine Creative Power in Joyce’s Ulysses

    Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar.

    In Joyce’s Ulysses, Stephen’s anxieties about his own power to create lead him to fantasize about a world in which the source of all creation is masculine.  In Episode 9, Homer’s Scylla and Charybdis serve as examples of the monstrous feminine through which feminine productivity is recast as utter destruction. 

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Architecture, Space, and Literature III

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside

  1. Trollope’s Barchester Towers: Cathedrals, Halls, Hospitals, and Houses

    Patricia Michele Robinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    This paper argues that in Trollope’s Barchester Towers, only characters who are willing to limit themselves in decorating their homes, but display good taste, are fit to preach in major historical buildings of the church and to oversee the creation of new ecclesiastical spaces.

  2. A Workplace of Her Own

    Lisa Kohlmeier, La Sierra University.

    This paper focuses on the physical space in which women worked and the way the spaces helped to shape the work these women accomplished. Space tells a story and helps us to understand dimensions of the ideas of women and their intellectual influence on their time.

  3. When Is a Jane Not a Jane?: The Fixtures and Furnishings of Patriarchy in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Emily Handy, Winthrop University.

    This paper interrogates Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper” in an attempt to delineate the identity of Jane from the destabilized narrator at the story’s end. In pursuing this distinction, this paper argues that the room that the narrator inhabits, furnished by patriarchal fixtures, is a macrocosm of the narrator’s mind.

3-05 -

Asian American Literature II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Nina Ahn, California State University, Northridge

  1. Poetry, Jazz, and Forgiveness

    Tracee Auville-Parks, California Baptist University.

    Using the poetry and art created by Japanese American internees during the 1940s, we can see people struggling to make sense of the tumultuous events in which they lived. This paper focuses on how Inada’s poetry seems to provide him with the ability to process the acts of discrimination and hatred he experienced during his internment without internalizing or becoming a victim to it.

  2. Disrupting the Discourse of Language: Linda Hammerick's Secret Sense of Difference

    Phuong Luu, California State University, Long Beach.

    Through Linda Hammerick, Monique Truong's Bitter in the Mouth speaks to how language shapes and defines our understanding of people of color, all the while, undermining and negating individualized differences of people of color. 

  3. Ethnic and Local Identity and Homecoming of the Hawai‘i Diasporic Korean Brenda Kwon

    Heui-Yung Park, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    My paper looks at autobiographical writings, including poems, composed by the Hawai‘i-born Korean diaspora Brenda Kwon. Examining how Kwon has represented and identified herself in relation to her ancestral homeland and her birthplace points to her identity journey as she moves between Hawai‘i, contiguous America, and Korea. 

3-06 -

Autobiography III: Crossing Culture and Language: Narratives of Émigré and Exile

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Ali Almajnooni, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  1. “This is (also) London”: Biographies and the Blitz

    Ulrich Bach, Texas State University.

    During the Blitz in 1940, London was subjected to German air raids. The attacks also produced some of the most awe-inspiring memoires, diaries and life-writings in British literature. The autobiography of Austrian Hilde Spiel and other émigré writers sheds light on the life of the exile community in London. 

  2. Marketing the Middle Eastern Memoir: Escapee Narratives and the Politics of the Exotic

    Atef Laouyene, California State University, Los Angeles.

    This paper argues that the popularity of narratives about Middle Eastern violence in the afterm of 9/11, especially the testimonial genre, cannot be fully understood unless read through the market-oriented exoticist paradigms of the metropolitan culture industry in which those narratives circulate. 

  3. Lost and Found in Translation: Eva’s Hoffman Journey from Language Migrant to Global Citizen

    Dulce de Castro, Collin College.

    This paper examineshow language, translation, and literacy are used as the sites for self-exploration, identity re-creation, and analysis of the effects of crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries in Lost in Translation, Eva Hoffman’s autobiography. 

  4. Postcolonial Hunger and Self Narrative in Hunger of Memory

    Heejung Sim, Independent Scholar.

    This paper examines how minority writers falls victim to the postcolonial conditions and internalize the struggle, but also stands as a symbol of resistance to both hegemonic powers and in-group expectations on how one "ought" to represent one's memoir as a voice of the collective rather than the individual's.


3-07 -

Children's Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Alixandria Lombardo, San Diego State University

  1. “What’s in the Empty Flat?”: Riddling the Hauntologies of Specular Identity and Semantic Absence in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

    Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University.

    The protagonist of Gaiman’s Coraline subverts and yet cannot entirely escape the narrative in which she is scripted—and neither can we. As Coraline picks apart the webs of a fabricated otherworld—where signifiers miscarry as so many broken eggs, soulless husks, button eyes, and evacuated I’s—we expect Coraline to resolve her boredom; instead, however, we find that she has never been quite so board(ed)—bound by frames and windows and mirrors that likewise conscript the very essence of ourselves.

  2. Fairy Tales and the Myth of Beauty

    Meghmik Mardian, Independent Scholar.

    Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle has taken fairy tales about beautiful girls who are punished by old women, and rewritten them to critique modern female anxieties regarding beauty and age. Gaiman shows that women have internalized the ideals of beauty that the patriarchy originally enforced as a mechanism to control them, and now women have begun policing themselves instead of fighting the oppression.

  3. Putting the Ancestor to Rest: Indulgent Identity Formation in Paranorman

    Alya Hameed, San Diego State University.

    This paper will critically examine Paranorman through gothic and feminist readings, focusing on Norman's heteronormative and abject relationships (notably with the ghost-witch Agatha and his friend neil) in order to determine the implications the film has on male and femalehood. The ending allows for a complete subversion of certain aspects of society, but does this come at the cost of suppressed femininity?

3-08 -

Comparative Media I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Lisa Brown Jaloza, University of California, Riverside

  1. Form/Ecology: Total Ecomedia and Its Discontents

    Ted Geier, University of California, Davis.

    A reconsideration of ecology and media centered around a case study analysis of the technical poetics and ecophilosophy of Terrence Malick's films but engaging a comprehensive overview of recent cultural, ecological, media, and global theory to articulate a robust social ecotheory in media aesthetics and effects.

  2. Punkdom: From Ulmer's Popcycle to Vicycle; or, the Network Rhetoric of Cycling and Punk Rock

    Corey Leis, California State University, Long Beach.

    This project uses theories developed by Gregory Ulmer, Jeff Rice, and Sarah Arroyo in order to further Ulmer's electrate composition practice, the popcycle. This project seeks to extend Ulmer's theories regaring videocy and electracy, incorporating Rice's network rhetoric and Arroyo's participatory composition to develop another electract composition practice, the vicycle.


  3. “Tuning in 2 a new free-quency”: Prince Theorizes Race, Gender, and Sexuality

    Jaime Rapp, California State University, Long Beach.

    Popular music icon Prince uses his music, music videos, personal style, and live performances as mediums to challenge normative conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality. By simultaneously occupying both sides of the white/black, female/male, and straight/queer binaries, Prince exposes their artificiality and denaturalizes them, thereby theorizing new ways of being and self-identifying.

  4. Fathering Fiction from Reality: (Con)fusing Father and Son Relationships in the Lives of Christopher Robin Milne and Tom Taylor from The Unwritten

    Nicole Rehnberg, UC Santa Barbara.

    The Unwritten’s artist Peter Gross has admitted that the comic’s premise was inspired by the biography of Christopher Robin Milne, who was not happy with his father’s fictional counterpart. Similarly, in The Unwritten, Tom Taylor is a grown man who lives in the shadow of his father’s Tommy Taylor stories. By exploring the literary illusion of the comic, I argue that the comic’s depiction of father and child relationships blends the lines of fiction and reality for readers to consider authorship in new ways.

3-09 -

Creative Writing: Brief Poetry

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. They Watch Over Us from Mountainsides

    Anna L. I. Dickau, California State University Fullerton.

    In "They Watch Over us from Mountainsides," the narrator ruminates about the inner strength of both the parents and children of an autism-specific special education class. Anna Dickau is working on her MA in English at California State University, Fullerton. She currently tutors at CSUF's Writing Center and is a special education aide for an autism-specific first/second grade combo class. She hopes to earn her Ph.D. in English and become a college professor; her second choice of career is a professional two-sentence-short-story writer.

  2. Sweet Fictions / For the Dream

    Tameca L Coleman, Regis University.

    Tameca L Coleman has published across genres, winning awards for short stories, poetry, and academic essays. She has published in Pirene’s Fountain, The Denver Crossroads, and the Cellar Door Anthology, as well as in other small press, limited edition book arts projects. She is a member of the Cottonwood Collective and Columbine Poets. The poems chosen for this session are from a collection that aims to transcend the limiting factors of romantic love, and in earnest, move toward loves that are more freeing.

  3. Fans of My Unconscious

    Krista Lukas, University of California, Riverside.

    Krista Lukas is the author of a poetry collection, Fans of My Unconscious (Black Rock Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the May Swenson Award and the Pearl Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Writer's Almanac, The Best American Poetry 2006, Creative Writer's Handbook, and literary journals including Rattle and 5AM.

  4. Eerie Blue - A Poetry Reading

    Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    The proposed poetry reading will include approximately four short poems that defamiliarize the commonplace, that ask the audience to see new angles, to reconfigure appearances, to momentarily accept the mysterious impressions that surround us. The reading will be followed by a discussion of these poems and the concept of "ostraneniye."

3-10 -

Critical Theory III: Experiential Limits

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Alexis Briley, Colgate University

  1. Between Intoxication and Dream: Towards a Poetics of Modernity

    Jason Ciaccio, CUNY Graduate Center.

    This paper offers a comparative study of the intoxicated reverie in the writings of Walter Benjamin and Friedrich Nietzsche. I suggest that states of intoxicated reverie play a crucial role in how both Nietzsche and Benjamin think of perceptual and affective experience and the production and reception of poetic form in modernity.  

  2. Deleuze Exhaustion

    Edward Troy, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper surveys the notion of exhaustion in Deleuze, with particular emphasis on his writings on the cinema. It reads the term in the context of phenomenological and existential traditions, arguing that “exhaustion” is a rich, although overlooked, trope in philosophical and literary study.

  3. Aesthetics and the Posthuman

    Isidro Zepeda, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Postmodernity has expanded the identity of the aesthetic object to include multilayered experiences, perspectives and performances. Still, words such as the sublime and the uncanny can be used to describe current materialisms of the aesthetic object in a posthuman existence. 

3-11 -

Diachronic Spanish Linguistics: Transformation Cases 

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Eva Nunez, Portland State University

  1. Literal Translation as a Base of Spanish in the Guaranitic Region?

    Haralambos Symeonidis, University of Kentucky.

    Historical Guarani documents found by Spanish troops during the Guaranitic war in Paraguay have two Spanish translations: a word by word by an interpreter and another by a missionary considering the new semantic values that certain words had acquired in the language of the “reducciones”. It will be shown through examples of these documents that Spanish of the Guaranític area today is not just the result of the coexistence of Spanish and Guarani: Literal translation remains the linguistic reality of Paraguayan Spanish

  2. Ser, Estar and Haber: Semantic Changes from Latin to Modern Spanish

    Miriam Diaz, Concordia University.

    This paper presents a panoramic view of the semantic changes that affected the verbs ser, estar and haber in their evolution from Latin into Modern Spanish. The origins and evolution of their respective modern uses as auxiliaries, copulas, and verbs of possession, location or existence, among others, will be discussed.

  3. Emotional Code-Mixing and the Expression of Pride: Adult Bilinguals

    Covadonga Lamar Prieto, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines, from a qualitative perspective, how adult bilingual Spanish-English Spanish speakers from the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area choose to verbally express their feelings of paternal/maternal pride.

3-12 -

English Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Kevin Swafford, Bradley University

  1. Commodification of National Identity in Hornby's A Long Way Down

    Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno.

    Nick Hornby’s  A Long Way Down showcases four adults, three British and one American, who gather on a London rooftop, with the common goal of ending their lives. This paper will explore the commodification of national identity as these characters negotiate the liminality of the rooftop and their relationship with each other.

  2. For Shakespeare and Miss Pole: Septimus Warren Smith and the Cultural Meaning of Shell Shock

    Teresa Boyer, California State University, Northridge.

    This project discusses Septimus Warren Smith, the shell-shocked veteran of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, as a representative of the British struggle to reconcile pre-war ideals of masculinity, nationalism, and class, with the undeniable prevalence of shell-shocked soldiers returning from the Great War.

  3. The Parallel Female Trauma in Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier

    Albert Battistelli, Kent State University.

    This essay responds to the suggestion that Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier places female trauma next to male trauma through the character Kitty. Through an examination of West's intentional language in charactreizing Margaret, readers will find a more compelling female trauma placed directly alongside the male trauma Chris experiences.

  4. Hide Armour: Sartorial Affect and the Rise of the Leather Jacket in Inter-War England

    AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle.

    This paper argues that the leather jacket, as a cultural artifact, signifies a distinct masculine aesthetic movement of the inter-war period. As both material and affective armor, the leather jacket represents the necessary interpolation of anxiety and violence into shifting conceptions of masculinity.

3-13 -

English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century I: Memory and Memoriam

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside

  1. Disappearing Women: The Gendered Politics of Publication in Mary Bosanquet Fletcher's Auto/Biography

    Carol Blessing, Point Loma Nazarene University.

    Mary Bosanquet Fletcher and Mary Tooth's roles in Methodist ministry are obscured by the Rev. Henry Moore's early nineteenth-century "official" version of Fletcher's autobiography. Tooth unsuccessfully tried to persuade Moore to include Mary Fletcher's apologia for women’s preaching, the strongest since Margaret Fell Fox’s work. This paper focuses on the gendered politics of publication, as well as writing back into history the words of both Tooth and Fletcher, using archival letters and journals of the two women.

  2. Elegy for Obscurity: Gray's Elegy and the Desire for Remembrance

    Michael G. Simental, Independent Scholar.

    Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is reconsidered as an elegy, not for the dead forefathers—or any other deceased subject—but for Gray himself.

  3. Memory and Dismemberment: Long Eighteenth-Century English Theatrical Biography and “Extra-illustrated” Scrapbook Culture

    Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University.

    Theatrical biography provided a unique space for readers to “own” a particular actor, an ownership modeled by the proprietary attitude of many thespian biographies. “Extra-illustrations” made by individual readers developed alongside the increasing professionalism of theatrical biographers, creating tension between professional and amateur biographers where the genre acts as a static monument trying to encapsulate dynamic stage performance, and as a space of interactive play for illustrators. 

3-14 -

Film Studies I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Reid Sagara, College of the Desert

  1. Oppositional Geographies: Mapping Chinese American Identity in Wayne Wang's Chan Is Missing

    Paul Cheng, Independent Scholar.

    Wayne Wang’s 1981 feature Chan Is Missing explores the dynamic and shifting possibilities of what it a “Chinese American” identity means in the context of America.  More importantly, this exploration is explored visually in the both the film’s mise en scene as well as its presentation of San Francisco’s Chinatown.  

  2. 2 States and the New Bollywood

    James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    The 2014 film 2 States promotes pan-Indianism; however, its creation, form, and popular reception reflect growing pan-globalist attitudes among younger Indians that are reflected in departures from traditional Indian popular cinema that constitute a "new wave" of Bollywood cinema.     

  3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Mafioso

    Claudio Mazzola, University of Washington.

    La Mafia uccide solo d’estate (Pif – 2014) is a movie that challenges all the stereotypes about Mafia by using those very same stereotypes.  This paper will analyze and discuss the various technique (voice over, fast paced editing, mixing of style, etc.) employed by the director in order to make a movie  that entertains us and  at the same time confronts our notions of normality and the concept of private vs public.


3-15 -

French III

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Lynn R. Wilkinson, University of Texas, Austin

  1. Camus: Tropes et politique dans la « Pensée de midi »

    Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper explores the imbrication of tropes and politics in "La Pensée de midi", by Albert Camus. In light of reading Camus' unfinished autobiographical novel, which contains a similar treatment of tropes, one can construe the place where tropes and politics conjugate in Camus' oeuvre as one that harbors  reflections still pertinent  in the current political postcolonial debates. 

  2. Philippe Djian: une écriture dure et sans fioritures?

    Gilles Viennot, University of Arkansas.

    Cette présentation s’attache à faire découvrir les audacieux premiers romans d'un auteur important, qui a révolutionné et décomplexé les lettres françaises via une langue inventive, avant que ses ouvrages ne se fassent par la suite moins incisifs.

  3. L'alterité en soi: L'Impasse de Daniel Biyaoula

    Emma Chebinou, University of South Florida.

    Le mouvement spatial dans L’Impasse entre Kinshasa et Paris amène à la crise identitaire du personnage principal. Le roman apporte aussi une nouvelle vision du concept de l'Autre. Celui-ci n'est plus l'Autre de l'Occident mais l'Africain Occidentalisé dont Joseph refuse de ressembler. Se retrouvant dans une impasse identitaire, Joseph se résigne et finit par porter un "masque blanc": seul moyen de regagner sa place dans sa propre communauté. Joseph devient l’Autre.

  4. BD and 8 May: Rewriting Franco-Algerian history in bande dessinée

    Veronica Dean, "University of California, Los Angeles".

    By examining representations of national identity through the lens of Mark McKinney’s Franco-Algerian affrontier (affront + frontier), I argue that Azouz Begag’s Leçons coloniales rewrites – and redraws – colonial history to confront the contemporary francophone reader in a way that is unique to the popular visual-verbal medium of bande dessinée.

3-16 -

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Kevin Kearney, Palomar College

  1. Exposing the Exposed: Discrimination within the African American Community towards Homosexual Males

    Dennis Knight, North Carolina Central University.

    Within the African American community, homosexual men are the targets of this bias. I focus within the African-American community to a group of men and women that identify themselves as homosexuals or part of the LGBTQA community. It is this group of people that are causing commotion and raising awareness about the treatment bestowed upon them by other African-Americans.

  2. Queer Socialism in Katherine St. John Conway's Aimee Furnis, Scholar

    Laura Chilcoat, University of Florida.

    This paper will analyze the intersection of queerness and socialism in a late-nineteenth century text, Aimee Furniss, Scholar. An intensely erotic relationship between two women was written as a necessary stopping-point to a heterosexual relationship, showing the queerness that was often seen as an essential aspect of proper socialist subjects.

  3. Genderfuck Forearms and Pretty Manicured Nails: Queer and Questioning in Contemporary Irish Lesbian Poetry

    Abbie L. Cory, Palomar College.

    This paper explores selected works of several Irish queer/lesbian poets in order to demonstrate the ways in which their writing questions dominant cultural norms of gender and sexuality. These poems negotiate and challenge those norms and thus subvert hegemonic power relations.

3-17 -

Literature and Religion

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: Haein Park, Biola University

  1. The Entropy of the Home in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping

    Victoria Chandler, University of South Carolina.

    Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping presents two different interpretations of home, a settled home and a transient, entropic form of home. This paper argues that although each version of home is valuable and valid, neither home is perfect because a perfect home would need to be eternal in order to be completely fulfilling.

  2. Between Magic and Miracles: Jewish Mysticism in the Poetry of Robert Browning

    Melissa Brotton, La Sierra University.

    Whether or not a prophet loses his mind during encounters with the divine has long been a subject of thought in Jewish studies. Robert Browning explores the concepts of madness and ecstasy in two poems, “Saul” and “An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish: the Arab Physician.” 

  3. Performance in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In the Rye and Franny and Zooey: The Obsession With “Phonies” and “Ego”

    Edward Yang, Claremont Graduate University.

    J.D. Salinger addresses a tension between performance and authenticity in his novels Catcher In the Rye and Franny and Zooey. It becomes clear in his work that Salinger is attempting to answer questions about the authenticity of performance with religious ideas. Through Catcher In the Rye and Franny and Zooey, Salinger illustrates that interaction, and constant repetition of performance, are the only ways to escape awareness of performance and believe in its authenticity.

3-18 -

Medieval Literature III

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Benjamin Liu, University of California, Riverside

  1. Death of the Nightingale: Marie de France’s Feminine Representation of Body and Voice in Laustic

    Jessica Zisa, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Expounding upon literary and feminist theoretical questions, this paper will examine the feminine representation of voice and body within the symbolic layers of poetic language produced by Marie de France in the lai Laustic.

  2. Popular Exempla or Pagan Temptation? Lucan's Legacy in the Medieval Period

    Elizabeth Parker, University of California, Irvine.

    An analysis of two Christian writers who spoke out against the tradition of Lucan, as well as others who admired his moral exempla, which sheds new light on the legacy of Lucan's Pharsalia in the Medieval period, when he enjoyed his greatest popularity.

  3. Religious Education and Political Meaning in Juan Manuel's Libro del cauallero et del escudero

    Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego.

    Juan Manuel’s (1282-1348) Libro del cauallero et del escudero (1326?) has little material on knighthood per se and quite a bit of material on religion.  How does this relious education develop in the book? At the same time knighthood has a personal and policical hidden meaning for Juan Manuel. What is this hidden meaning?

3-19 -

Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry and Culture I (Sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Elizabeth Spies, Independent Scholar

  1. Frank O'Hara and the "Speaking Voice"

    Ryan D. Sullivan, University California, Riverside.

    Thinking through Frank O’Hara’s mid-century poetics, this paper proposes a new model of queer lyric theory. Emerging at the peak of New Criticism, and at the end of the period of lyricization (as Jackson and Prins have contended), O’Hara is situated in a formative moment in poetic and critical history where the ways we think and write about poetry fundamentally changed. Because of this his work provides a particularly important opportunity to reconsider critical norms and queer the lyric.

  2. "Getting There": Sylvia Plath, Edith Sitwell, and The Waste Land

    Reagan Lothes, CUNY Graduate Center.

    This paper traces Sylvia Plath’s intertextual engagements with Edith Sitwell, who offered Plath a model for framing what we could call her “relational” poetics within a cycle of death and rebirth.  Culminating in “Getting There,” this strategy enabled Plath not only to negotiate The Waste Land but to reconfigure its historical vision.

  3. Naming in Robert Lowell's Life Studies

    Florian Gargaillo, Boston University.

    This paper examines Robert Lowell’s careful deployment of familial names in Life Studies (1959), and how naming allows him to explore (respectfully, yet critically) the decline of New England aristocracies like his own in the first half of the twentieth century. 

3-20 -

Reading Arabic Poetics in America: Colonialism, Translation, and the Sociality of Form

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: Jeff Sacks, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Work of Catachresis in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish

    Nouri Gana, UCLA.

    The paper seeks to examine the idiomatic innovations in the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and discuss its political implications.

  2. Reading Arabic Poetics in the Translations of Sonallah Ibrahim's Tilka ar-rā'iḥa

    Ghada Mourad, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper examines the way the early works of the Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim, and more particularly Tilka ar-rā'iḥa (1966) (translated into The Smell of It in 1971, and into That Smell in 2013), help us resituate the emergence of literary modernity in Arabic novelistic writing and redefine the Arab political subject.

  3. Reading Race in Arabic Fiction: Translation as Violence?

    Ghenwa Hayek, Claremont McKenna College.

    This paper explores the topic of race and racialized representations in Arabic literature available in English, and discusses the ramifications of obscuring racial language in translations and, consequently, in the classroom.

3-21 -

Rhetorical Approaches to Literature II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Jazmine Wells, Texas Christian University

  1. On Saying Something: The Value of Bold Writing in the Prose Styles of Johnson and Chesterton

    Brandon Schneeberger, Kansas State University.

    Both GK Chesterton and Samuel Johnson wrote in a bold style due to their beliefs founded in objective truth. The two writers use the rhetorical devices of irony, wit, and paradox to create bold, yet humorous, claims, which at first appear far-fetched but on closer examination prove true. Though the prose style of each writer looks different at face value, they both use parallelism and antithesis to create these bold statements that are humorous, yet thought-provoking.

  2. Embracing Ambiguity: YA Literature and the Rehabilitation of Psychic Restlessness

    Chandra Howard, University of California at Riverside.

    This paper applies Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s theoretical framework of border consciousness to young adult literature as a call to recuperate historical erasures through ambiguous perspectives and psychic fractures.

  3. Kenneth Burke and the Poetics of Pure Persuasion

    Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

    Kenneth Burke’s vague definitions of “pure persuasion” in A Rhetoric of Motives (1950) have long been the source of confusion over his self-described “meta-rhetoric.” This paper argues that the experimental practices of the 20th and 21st century avant-garde poetry provide significant new insight into one of Burke’s most misunderstood rhetorical concepts.

3-22 -

The New Italians: Migrant Stories in Literature and Film I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach

  1. "La penna scorre morbida sui quadretti": ​Staging ​ Italianità ​and Authorship in Postcolonial Italy

    SA Smythe, University of California , Santa Cruz.

    This paper considers migration in a capacious way, taking up enquiries within black, postcolonial, and gender studies. I demonstrate how Africa has been both acknowledged as origin and disavowed in contemporary articulations of black diaspora in Italy, examining the literary as well as the historiographical aporias in the narration of Italy’s history, including a disavowed relationship to blackness.

  2. Postcolonial “straniamento” in Ghermandi’s Regina di fiori e di perle


    Evelyn Ferraro, Santa Clara University.

    This paper examines the technique of defamiliarization in Ghermandi’s novel. It illustrates how Ethiopian linguistic and cultural elements in her Italian text alter the perception of the Italian language and complicate notions of past and present Italian national identity.

  3. Multicultural Texts and Place: Rome’s Piazza Vittorio in Three Recent Works

    Christopher Kaiser, Yale University.

    This paper intends to examine the relationship between migration, multiculturalism, and place by examining the portrayal of Rome's Piazza Vittorio in recent works by Agostino Ferrente, Amara Lakhous, and Isotta Toso.

3-23 -

The Spirit of California Imprisoned: Summoning the Mission Inn I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"

  1. Riverside, Tourism and the Indian: Frank Miller and the Creation of Sherman Institute

    Nathan Gonzales, A.K. Smiley Public Library.

    Building on the success of Helen Hunt Jackson’s romance Ramona, as well as the mission preservation work of the California Landmarks Club, Riverside hotelier and entrepreneur Frank A. Miller not only created his masterpiece Glenwood Mission Inn—he also successfully engineered the creation of the federal Indian school Sherman Institute.

  2. Erected on the Mission Plan: President William Howard Taft’s Visit to the Glenwood Mission Inn, October 12, 1909

    Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    William Howard Taft stopped at the Mission Inn on October 12, 1909: a sojourn commemorated by the monumental chair constructed for his visit. Although the 27th President did not stay overnight, his stopover illuminates the imperial imaginary of the Mission Inn and the California Mission Revival as a whole.

  3. Southwest Occident: Exploring the Architecture of Empire and Exoticism in El Alisal and the Mission Inn

    Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College.

    The “Mission Revival” architecture of Riverside’s Mission Inn celebrates a hegemonic phantasmagoria of racialized history and Imperialist memory, erasing Native American voices and heritage. This paper argues that El Alisal, Charles Lummis’s 1898 home along Los Angeles’s Arroyo Seco, offers a multicultural alternative vision, reimagining the Southwest’s foundational Occidentalist discourse. 

4-01 -

A Discussion of Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House and SCSSAWW Annual Meeting

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: Denise MacNeil, University of Redlands

  1. A Discussion of Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House

    Denise MacNeil, University of Redlands.

    The Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers will offer a moderated discussion on Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868). We will discuss the use of this text in graduate and undergraduate courses. We welcome all who are interested. Many attendees will wish to read Keckley’s account (ideally the Penguin edition) in preparation for the discussion. A brief membership meeting will follow the discussion (approx. 15 minutes).

4-02 -

Ancient-Modern Relations II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar

  1. Ancient and Modern Hearing: The Soundscape of Swift’s Battel of the Books

    Alice Boone, Columbia University.

    A vivid account of Ancient and Modern partisanship, Jonathan Swift's Battel of the Books is also full of sounds--voices, vortices, shuffling papers, and more. I discuss the Ancients-Moderns debate as a contest about mediation, where din stands for for gluts of information, where distinctions among combatants become confused in the melee, where Swift's abstractions become hyper-sensory. I also discuss how the debate maps onto contemporary interests and concerns about digital humanities scholarship.

  2. Seeing Heaven by Looking at Earth: Rudyard Kipling’s Neo-Platonic Metaphysical Materialism

    R. Eric Tippin, Kansas State University.

    T.S. Eliot says that Rudyard Kipling “knew something of the things which are underneath.” Eliot may be recognizing the fact that Kipling, by representing the physical world so exactly in his writing, hints at the spiritual world. Paradoxically, Kipling is so materialistic he becomes metaphysical. In the platonic tradition, Kipling describes the shadows in “the cave” so minutely they take on the spiritual qualities of the “true” world of forms.

  3. Oedipus Meets Bucky in Philip Roth’s Nemesis

    Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine.

    I read Philip Roth's Nemesis as a synthetic reworking of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. My reading showcases Roth's abiding interest in doubles and his indebtedness to Sophocles' plays for the writing of a modern tale of crime and punishment.

  4. Canonizing the Colosseum: Remembering, Manipulating, and Codifying Memory in the Eternal City

    Sonia Mehrmand, University of California, Riverside.

    The study of social memory is not purely a historical or anthropological endeavor. Archaeology can provide a considerable amount of evidence about how and why people remembered. The Colosseum will be studied during the time it was constructed, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, and Facist Italy. In illustrating the fluidity of historic interpretations, I argue that UNESCO’s endeavor to codify them with the concept of World Heritage Sites is problematic because of their subjectivity to modern agendas. 

4-03 -

Asian Literature I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton

  1. The Monomyth Hero in East and West

    John T. Kirby, University of Miami.

    This paper considers the possibility that the historical roots of Campbell's Monomyth grow as deep into the soil of Chinese mythic and literary tradition(s) as in the Occidental. After laying out a (somewhat redacted) version of the Monomyth template, it will consider the plot, characters, and symbolism of the 西遊記 xiyouji, the celebrated Journey to the West, in order to see whether this 16th-century tale by 吳承恩 Wu Cheng-En exhibits what we may consider the essential traits of a Monomyth narrative.

  2. “He’s not your average thief at all”: Maurice Leblanc’s Influence in Cheng Xiaoqing

    Nathanael Booth, University of Alabama.

    During the first part of the twentieth century, Asian authors such as Cheng Xiaoqing incorporated popular Western forms into their stories.  This paper extends the work of Jeffrey Kinkley work by suggesting that Cheng Xiaoqing engages Maurice Leblanc by modeling the figure of the South China Swallow on Arsine Lupin. 

  3. Edogawa’s Phantasmagoria: The Haptic Politics of “The Human Chair”

    Juliana Choi, University of California, San Diego.

    My paper analyzes the haptic art (shokkaku geijutsu) of Japanese horror novelist Edogawa Ranpo as a response to the phantasmagoria of capitalist modernity.  I argue that his short story “The Human Chair” re-enacts the way that the Burakumin were rendered an un-visible yet sensually discernible racial Other under modern nation-building.

4-04 -

Children's Literature II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Alya Hameed, San Diego State University

  1. Saving Childhood: Pilot as Intermediary in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Le Petit Prince

    Elizabeth Hoyt, Kansas State University.

    The intermediary nature Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s pilot in Le Petit Prince can further critical discussion of representations of childhood and adulthood within literature, and help literary theorists understand the differences between fictional children and the adults who produce them. Readers are invited to re-examine whether or not “growing up” really necessitates the end of childhood.

  2. Exhuming Youth: Eternal Childhood and the Victorian Gothic

    Tyler Michael Dean, University of California, Irvine.

    Focusing on two examples of eternal childhood, Bleak House's Harold Skimpole and Peter and Wendy's Peter Pan, the paper examines the relationship between the eternal child and the Gothic villain, questioning the traditionally queer valence of the eternal child and redefining it as a non-liminal creature, which manifests through hostile self-assertion.

  3. The Resurgence of the Gothic as Mode: Autonomy, Abjection and Female Gendering in DeVito's Matilda

    Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University.

    Adapted from the Dahl classic, Danny DeVito's film Matilda embraces the Gothic mode to critique American conceptions of gender. Matilda's exploration of inverted social norms, reclaimed gothic environments and satirical portrayal of American society culminate in an enlightening critique of the dangers of American gender oppression through an analysis of Agatha Trunchbull's characterization. 

4-05 -

Cognitive Approaches to Literature

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Elsie Haley, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Dearest Constructs: Cognitive Science and the Eighteenth-Century Epistolary Novel

    Amanda Bloom, University of Southern California.

    This paper explores the potential for cognitive science in helping us make sense of the suppositional modes of correspondence deployed by eighteenth-century readers in their epistolary exchanges with author Samuel Richardson, and the extent to which these suppositional modes made their way onto the pages of Clarissa (1747).

  2. “Animal Spirits” and “Conscious Automata”: Huxley, Cognition, Affect, and Ethics in H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine

    Kimberly O'Donnell, "Simon Fraser University, Canada".

    This paper takes up Wells’s The Time Machine (1895) within the context of late nineteenth century scientific theories of consciousness, specifically T. H. Huxley's theory that animals are automata. In so doing, I argue that the novel addresses the (very modern) ethical implications of the connection between cognition and affect.

  3. "From the Sunlight to the Depths": Bridging the Gap between Self and Other in To the Lighthouse

    Cheryl Jaworski, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    This presentation explores the healing power of fiction, the literary depictions of the workings of the mind, and the way the unconscious is revealed in fiction by using Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel of family trauma, To the Lighthouse (1927), as a proving ground in which to probe these questions.

  4. Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises: "Iceberg Theory" and Theory of Mind

    Luigi A. Juarez, Brandeis University.

    This paper argues that Ernest Hemingway's "iceberg" writing method enlists and benefits from an application of the orthodoxy of theory of mind to his canonical novel, The Sun Also Rises.

4-06 -

Comparative American Ethnic Literature

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno

  1. (Re)Visioning Older Black Women in Paule Marshall and Gloria Naylor’s Novels

    Saskia Fuerst, University of Salzburg (Austria).

    Within literature, black women authors have used elements of the fantastic to address systems of oppression in Western society. Both Paule Marshal and Gloria Naylor incorporate the fantastic into Praisong for the Widow and Mama Day, repsectively, (re)discovering African religious practices as a source of self-development, empowerment and independence for their older female characters.

  2. The Legacy of Absence and Loss in Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine

    Jennifer Lopez-Lam, Cal Poly Pomona.

    In her revisionary novel, Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich spins an intricate web of stories
    meant to mirror her characters’ equally complex and enigmatic ties to kin and
    community and to assert memory’s material and unifying presence throughout the

  3. Saying No to Thanks: The Politics of Ingratitude in Vietnam Refugee and Veteran of Color Writings

    Hao J. Tam, University of Pennsylvania.

    Using “critical interethnicity” as a framework, this paper examines how the state seeks to incorporate Vietnam War refugees and veterans of color through the concepts of “the gift of the life” and “the gift of death” respectively. Analyzed here is the politics of “saying no to thanks” in lê thi diem thúy’s The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003) and Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Thanks” from Dien Cai Dau (1988).

4-07 -

Comparative Media II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside

  1. Third World Signifying and Mainstream Mediation: Global Rap and Textual Studies

    Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University.

    The examination of four variants of M.I.A.’s 2007 song “Paper Planes” reveals that collaboration and censorship, to varying degrees, simplify and obscure the messages found in the first variant of the song. 

  2. Call Me Crazy: The Construction of Madness in American Horror Story's "Asylum" & Judy Grahn's "Mental"

    Rusty Marilee Rust, California State University, Long Beach.

    American Horror Story uses the motif of the asylum to interrogate the construction of mental illness during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Similarly, Judy Grahn’s poem, “Mental,” takes on the mental health system and other oppressive systems that limit the agency of those that are deemed non-normative within contemporary society.

  3. Post-Post Fordism? Densha Otoko and the Japanese Media Mix

    Gabriel Rodriguez, Stanford University.

    “Train Man” (Densha Otoko) is a Japanese media phenomenon spanning books, manga, anime, television, and film.This paper examines this collection of media to determine whether this franchise fits in with current ideas of media convergence, or if this phenomenon signifies a new development in the Japanese “media mix.” 

4-08 -

Creative Writing: Poetic Voices of Inlandia

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino

  1. Maurisa Thompson, MFA Poet

    Maurisa Thompson, University of California, Riverside.

    Maurisa Thompson is an MFA student and Gluck Fellowship recipient at UC Riverside, and a proud alum of June Jordan's Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley. She frequently works or volunteers in community-based literary arts projects, and her poems can be found online in La Bloga and Pedestal Magazine, The Black Scholar, the award-winning San Francisco children's anthology A Feather Floating on the Water, and featured in The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

  2. Waitress on Break

    Nikki Harlin, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Andrea “Nikki” Harlin is an MFA poetry student at California State University, San Bernardino. She writes about the service industry, working class life in San Bernardino, the unnoticed horrors that gradually creep from the imagination and into the margins of modern existence, and more. You can find her writing and editing work in CSUSB's Pacific Review.

  3. Poetry with Salsa and Limón

    Alex Avila, Author and Community Activist.

    Alex Avila is from the Bronx, New York City. He is a Black Latino Honduran American. Alex has published four books. Mr. Avila is a social justice advocate for marginalized communities. Alex is an editor for The Pacific Review and Ghost Town National Magazine, and he is currently a teacher/tech assistant for S.C.I.P.P. (Students and Coyotes: Instruction in Poetry and Prose).

  4. Readings from Twelve Clocks and Sky Island

    Julie Sophia Paegle, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Julie Sophia Paegle is the author of torch song tango choir and Twelve Clocks. Her poetry has been widely published and anthologized, and her books have won recognition in the International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry in English) and in Poets & Writers (for one of the best debuts of 2010). She is the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at CSUSB and lives in the San Bernardino mountains with her husband, sons, and dog-team.

4-09 -

English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century II: Gendered Phantoms and Nightmares

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Marilyn Kim, La Sierra University

  1. A Study of Ice and Fire: Gendered Humors Represented in the Landscapes of The Blazing World

    Lizette Hernandez, California State University, Northridge.

    Cavendish employs the elemental Galenic concepts of ice and fire to redefine previously established and accepted gender-humor allocations. And, in presenting an ice world of reason and scientific quandary, Cavendish underscores the importance of introducing female intellectual capability in male dominated scientific societies of 17th century England.

  2. Walled Up: Cavendish's Lady Happy and Milton's Sabrina Pull Out of the Sexual Economy

    Amy E. Shine, University of California, Irvine.

    Explores the linked implications of Margaret Cavendish’s Lady Happy in The Convent of Pleasure and John Milton’s Sabrina in A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle as characters of staged feminine embodiment and the implications of their performance of subversion of and submission to the contemporary sexual economy.

  3. From Wooing to Wedlock: Satiric Images of Conjugal “Felicity”

    Mary Vance, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper will investigate varying portrayals of courtship and marriage in eighteenth century caricatures and prints, illustrating how they connect to contemporary assessments of changing cultural codes and evolving notions of companionate marriage. While some speak to a budding romanticization of the domestic sphere, several prints function as anti-sentiment, portraying naively idyllic courtships followed by nightmarish depictions of wedded life.

  4. Ruptures in Fanny Hill: Articulating Rape and Trauma in a Pleasure Narrative

    Hannah Jorgenson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    While Samuel Richardson's novels, such as Clarissa, offer obvious reference to social conceptions and understandings of rape during the long eighteenth century, John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, the first English pornographic novel, offers a less obvious, but equally valuable look at this important social concern.


4-10 -

Film Studies II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Mark W. Bundy, University of California, Riverside

  1. Buzz Tech: Hip New Films on the Post-Millennial Present

    Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University., Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College.

    This paper will look at three recent films, Her (2013), Tim’s Vermeer (2013), and Locke (2014) that theorize technology through commercial cinema, specifically using the medium of film to address the ubiquitous presence of technology in our lives.   

  2. The Lego Movie and the Tactile Aesthetics of Transition

    Russell McDermott, University of Southern California.

    This paper will argue that The Lego Movie relies on a series of textured, seductive images in order to produce a mode of haptic viewing that promotes consumer culture, social transition, and certain nostalgia for physical media. The aesthetic look and feel of the film came out of a productive contradiction: the triumph of technology and its limitation. Meanings generated by the film are influenced by this contradiction and the film, overall, is an interesting artifact that marks an equally interesting era in media production.  

  3. Intertextuality and Pastiche in the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

    Aden Jordan, New York University.

    Intertextual references abound in the films of director Paul Thomas Anderson. In his early films, Anderson referenced works by directors including Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and especially Robert Altman. This paper will focus on Anderson’s The Master (2012), which might be the director’s clearest example of cinephiliac pastiche as some of the dialogue was directly taken from John Huston’s documentary Let There Be Light (1946).

4-11 -

Game of Thrones

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Andrew Howe, La Sierra University

  1. Absent from the Wall: The Frustration of Narrative Trajectory in A Song of Ice and Fire

    Daniel Bellum, Independent Scholar.

    This paper will show how ASoIaF accentuates major themes through negative construction and the programmatic frustration of certain narrative trajectories. More specifically, I will show how the weakness of the Night's Watch in the story is heightened by the conspicuous failure of many characters who ought to go to the Wall to do so. The absence of this "phantom" auxiliary to the Watch serves to emphasize the tragedy of the Watch's inability to stop the impending disaster of the Long Winter.

  2. Looming Structures, Little People: An Analysis of Bridges and Supporting Characters in A Game of Thrones

    Jason Wymore, La Sierra University.

    This article focuses on ‘bridges’ in A Game of Thrones. Focusing on three scenes from “A Storm of Swords,” each scene and included secondary characters will be examined to discuss how Martin uses physical structures and structured characters to structure the plot in his novels.

  3. Silence and the Female Knight: Brienne of Tarth and Le Roman de Silence


    Benedick Turner, St. Joseph's College, New York.

    The eponymous hero of the 13th-century Roman de Silence and Brienne of Tarth are both armed women who at times choose to be silent and at times are silenced by other characters or by their narratives.  Le Roman de Silence and A Song of Ice and Fire both suggest that women who bear arms will have difficulty speaking, but ultimately their words bring about important resolutions or create powerful moments of tension in their narratives.

4-12 -

Homely, Unhomely, Uncanny: The Familiar and the Unfamiliar in German Literature and Culture

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College

  1. Ephemeral Materiality: Uncanny Surface and Depth in Tieck’s "Der blonde Eckbert"

    Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    This paper analyzes the dialectic of surface and depth in Ludwig Tieck's "Der blonde Eckbert," revealing how the uncanny is linked to a notion of "truth" that is constructed via the over- and underemphasis on materiality in Tieck's "Kunstmaerchen."

  2. Bad Seeds: Uncanny Children in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna

    Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago".

    Turn-of-the-century Vienna seems populated by uncanny children. The disturbing child figures in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Maerchen der 672. Nacht" immediately come to mind, as do Therese's son in Schnitzler's eponymous novel, Gustav Klimt's painting of Maeda Primavesi, or Oskar Kokoschka's "Spielende Kimder." Are there features that all of these representations share? Can a reading of representations  of  uncanny children enrich our understanding of fin-de-siecle Viennese culture? This paper pursues these and related questions.

  3. (Non)Person: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s (Un)Real Existence

    Heide Witthöft, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

     Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfum causes people to feel uncomfortable in his presence. They sense that there is something uncanny about him, that he lacks an essential human quality, although most people would be at a loss to describe what that is. I will analyze why and how this uncanny feeling manifests itself, how it affects Grenouille’s social interactions, and how he manages to alter people’s perceptions dramatically. I will also show that the “uncanny” can be conquered temporarily, but with fatal consequences.

  4. Departing Toward Survival: The Uncanny Language of the Life Drive in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz

    Kathleen Ong, Columbia University.

    This paper takes as its basis Cathy Caruth’s Literature in the Ashes of History (2013) in investigating the site within history where the first-person narrator and character Austerlitz in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz (2011) operate from in attempting to work out the uncanny, intertextual returns they continually return to while reckoning with personal and national histories of trauma. 

4-13 -

Indigenous Literatures and Cultures

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu

  1. Indigenous Imaginary: Mytho-histories and Capital Resistance Amongst the Barabaig Tribe of Eastern Tanzania

    Mary Cappelli, Nevada State College.

    The purpose of my presentation is to show how indigenous Barabaig mothers create “mytho-histories” in their daily lives to sustain traditional identities 

  2. Sasquatch, Murdering Crows and Little Green Men: Revising the Canadian Gothic in Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach

    Barbara Seidman, Linfield College.

    In Monkey Beach Canadian First Nations writer Eden Robinson’s Haisla protagonist Lisamarie faces cultural disjunctions that render her a racialized female Other. Her sexual degradation is compounded by her “deviant” receptivity to spirit communiqués. Yet by novel’s end she embraces the “monstrous” as a source of renewal, authority, and knowledge.








  3. Peter Jones (Chief Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Ojibwe

    Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia.

    My paper examines the anti-colonial activism of Peter Jones (Chief Kahkewaquonaby) of the Credit River Mississauga nation in nineteenth-century Canada.  Focusing on his efforts to obtain a title deed for his people's lands, I consider Jones's association with London's Aborigines Protection Society and his audience with Queen Victoria.

  4. Haunted Boarding School Hip-Hop: Reinventing the Ghost Dance in Contemporary Native Media

    Laura Fussell, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper examines how Native artists Wahwahtay Benais and Lisa Jacskson use hip-hop to reinvent the Ghost Dance in order to rearticulate the trauma of the boarding/residential school experience. Ultimately, this paper argues that this reinvention allows for a distinctly Native form of healing that promotes cultural and psychological sovereignty.   

4-14 -

Linguistics III

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Carolina Viera, Roanoke College

  1. Code-mixing intraoracional en la serie de Youtube Cholo Adventures

    Jose Manuel Medrano, University of California, Riverside.

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  2. Code-Switching as a Means of Indexicality in Swiss German Interviews

    Guadalupe Rincon, California State University, San Bernardino.


    This analysis will investigate data from two public news and media outlets from Switzerland, and pays specific attention to instances of code-switching in various interviews. By examining variables such as gender, age, etc. the research in this paper illustrates what motivates the code-switching and what this process may index.

  3. Variation in Dominican Spanish: Laterals, Elision and Gemination

    Chayna Bailey, California State University, Fresno.

    This study examines the laterals, elision and gemination in Dominican Spanish. In the northern region, the final consonant /r/ is usually replaced with /i/ and in the national district area the /l/ instead of the final /r/ is pronounced (Bullock & Toribio). All regions show to omit /s/ at the end of the syllable. This study determines whether these linguistic variations are more common among men or women. The data collected comes from videos on Youtube of Dominican celebrities. The use of these linguistic variations will be counted and compared.

  4. Listening Effectiveness in a Second Language Program

    Tanya de Hoyos, Defense Language Institute.

    This presentation will explore the results of a research on listening effectiveness in second language adult learners. The research investigated which listening effectiveness skills Spanish language learners use when listening. The data collection will shed light on whether such listening skills need to be taught for students to reach effectiveness.

4-15 -

Magic and Witchcraft I

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Logan Greene, Eastern Washington University

  1. Between Air and Earth: Magic in the Liber Iuratus Honorii and Two Medieval Romances

    Matthew McGraw, Lincoln University.

    This paper shall examine the depiction of magic and of elemental spirits, particularly those of earth and air, in the Liber Iuratus Honorii and will draw parallels between the LIH, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo.

  2. Doggy Style: The Queering of Desire in The Witch of Edmonton

    Brittany Renard, "University of California, Riverside".

    Using queer theory within the historical context of early modern witchcraft beliefs, I argue that Dekker, Ford, and Rowley’s The Witch of Edmonton questions the nature of magic users’ desires.  As Dog rubs, tickles, and sucks on Elizabeth, Frank, and Cuddy, bestiality, homoeroticism, Satanism, and bigamy—all parts of the play’s narrative—become visibly and thematically central to the play, illustrating magic to be based in not only magical but also queer desires.

  3. The Transformation of Lady Macbeth: Witchcraft and Kingship in Shakespeare’s Tragedy

    Katharine Henry, California State University, Los Angeles.

    The significance of Lady Macbeth’s role in Macbeth, a significant expansion from the original Holinshed’s Chronicles, is larded with political purpose. In that role, her transformation from center stage decisive and bloodthirsty villain to shadowy sleepwalking madwoman underlines a consistent partnership with Macbeth in which she adapts as the stage necessitates into political ally, wife, queen, and witch to accommodate their shared goal of power.  

4-16 -

Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry and Culture II (Sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Katie Strode, University of California, Riverside

  1. Painting Thinking: Heidegger and the Very Long Poems of A.R. Ammons

    Melissa Fabros, University of California, Berkeley.

    This paper will discuss Heidegger's query of techno-scientific thinking, as rhetoric of violent mastery, and his call for "a comportment which enables us to keep open to the meaning hidden in technology." I pose A.R. Ammons's longform poems as demonstrating Heidegger's conceptualization of a "releasment" that still remains engaged with science

  2. Robert Lowell's Memoirs

    Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside.

    Lowell’s childhood memoirs compose a fascinating, cohesive, unsettling text, one that I am in the process of co-editing for publication. More acidic than the poetic revision of this material in the “Life Studies” sequence, the memoirs evoke a poisonous atmosphere unmitigated by their social comedy or brilliant eye for detail.



  3. The Boston Trio: Reassessing Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton

    Sarah-Jane Burton, Western Sydney University.

    Developments in 1950’s American poetry are often connected the concept of “Confessional” writing. At the centre of this movement was the city of Boston, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and their 1959 Boston University workshop. Reassessing these writers as a trio, this paper seeks to demonstrate how, by incorporating aspects of their social, spatial and cultural context in their poems Lowell, Plath and Sexton created a unique form of regional writing and developed a collective independent of Confessionalism.

4-17 -

Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular)

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Alexandra Saum-Pascual, University of California, Berkeley

  1. Había leído una novela en francés y todo: The Use of Fictional Literary Critics in Armando Palacio Valdés’s La espuma

    Daniel H. Brown, Western Illinois University.

    In the proposed presentation, I examine a scene in Armando Palacio Valdés’s La espuma (1891) in which literature is discussed at a tertulia. During the conversation, one participant censures the immorality of one of Émile Zola’s novels and effusively praises the spiritual work of Octave Feuillet. I argue that Feuillet’s novels and French naturalist works represent two extremes that Palacio Valdés rejects. This scene, then, represents a significant key to interpreting the novelist’s own literary theory.

  2. Retelling a Life: On the Changing Horizon of Meaning in Rosa Chacel’s Teresa (1936)

    Nino Kebadze, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

    Rosa Chacel’s Teresa (1936), a novelized biography of Teresa Mancha, the heroine of Espronceda’s “Canto a Teresa” (1840), is here examined as a locus of tension between two different horizons of meaning, one that informs the work of Espronceda and one that Chacel brings to her reading of his work. 

  3. La hegemonía intelectual de la retirada de El hacedor (de Borges) remake por Agustín Fernández Mallo 
    y el papel del lector y el plagio en la creación artística 

    Jennifer Pretak, Christopher Newport University.

    Este trabajo presenta un estudio de El hacedor (de Borges), remake por Agustín Fernández Mallo, para percibir la hegemonía intelectual ejercida en la retirada de la obra y “el concepto de originalidad” literaria al cuestionar el plagio como la causa principal de la censura de la obra. Además, se considera el papel creativo del lector que también desarrolla sus propias intuiciones en el proceso de leer tal como ha sido afirmado por ambos autores, Borges y Fernández Mallo. 


4-18 -

The New Italians: Migrant Stories in Literature and Film II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: SA Smythe, University of California , Santa Cruz

  1. A Reminder of Colonialism in Contemporary Italy: Deconstruction of Racism and Colonial Sexuality in Igiaba Scego's Short Story Identità

    Anna Magdalena Giannetti, University of Oregon.

    This essay considers Igiaba Scego’s short story Identità (published in Amori bicolori. Racconti, 2008).  Through a close reading, I consider how Scego’s text is able to destabilize and challenge the Orientalist, colonial, and racist gaze while bringing attention to the historical elements that have impacted contemporary migration issues in Italy.

  2. Born in Italy

    Patrizia Comello Perry, Borough of Manhattan Community College.

    Motherhood, solidarity and identity in new Italian migrant films. This paper will focus on the representation of the New Italians, starting from the woman-to-woman relationship between Giulietta and Sara in Terraferma by Crialese. In Terraferma, motherhood creates a special relationship between the Sicilian mother and the African mother: from motherhood comes a new female solidarity.

  3. Lezioni di volo: riflessioni sui nuovi Italiani

    Maristella Cantini, Madison College.

    Nel film della Archibugi le lezioni di volo sono lezioni di vita. Due giovani Italiani  che non hanno passato l'esame di maturita' decidono di fare un viaggio che li porti lontano dalla loro vita borghese annoiata e dalle famiglie a cui resistono con insofferenza.

  4. Immigration and Male Entrustment in Carmine Amoroso's "Cover boy, l'ultima rivoluzione"

    Elena Dalla Torre, Saint Louis University.


    I propose to interrogate male friendship and the construction of masculinity in Carmine Amoroso's "Cover boy, l'ultima rivoluzione" (2006) a film that portrays the encounter between a young immigrant from Romania and a young unemployed Italian.  Gender, class and sexuality will be discussed in the context of globalization and precarity.     

4-19 -

The Spirit of California Imprisoned: Summoning the Mission Inn II

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"

  1. “You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, but You Can Never Leave”: 30 Years of Community and Searching for Meaning in the Mission Inn

    Theresa Hanley, Mission Inn Foundation and Museum.

    The Mission Inn Foundation and Museum is a community-based non-profit organization that provides public exhibitions and educational programs exploring the history and significance of the Mission Inn. The Foundation's current Board of Trustees President shares her perspectives as a museum curator for the Foundation (in the 1980s) and as a volunteer and Board member.

  2. Two Tales of a City: Riverside’s Magnificent Mission Inn and Desolate Chinatown

    James Lu, California Baptist University.

    While the Mission Inn looms triumphantly over downtown Riverside, Chinatown languishes unnoticed and largely deserted. The sharp contrast of these two tales of a city belies their complex dialogue. Nestled within the same setting, Chinatown and the Mission Inn at times overlap and interact, together offering a polyphonic, dynamic discourse. 

4-20 -

William Faulkner

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  1. “I would be I”: Agency and Ideology in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

    Amanda Drum, Loyola Marymount University.

    Althusser’s interpretation of order through “ideology” provides a framework by which readers can assess the relationships of William Faulkner’s characters within the Family “Ideological State Apparatus” (ISA).  However, new conversations about ideology shed light on structures clear in the novel that would otherwise—if we discount agency in interpellation—go unnoticed. 

  2. Re-Fashioning the Old South: Material Culture and Deconstruction in William Faulkner

    Juliana Kubicki, California State University, Los Angeles.

    A close textual analysis of William Faulkner's Light in August reveals that literary dress and the appearance of the three main characters serves to deconstruct and subvert the established cultural system of the Old South by blurring the lines between race and class. 

  3. Emotional Barbecue: Narration of Outrage and Despair in Light in August

    Jerome Winter, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper argues that exploring narratological concerns in Light in August, even in the most undecidable cases, highlights Faulkner’s resistance to not only the third-person omniscient narrator of pre-modernist realism but also the silencing of the laid-off, poverty-stricken, and jobless of the Great Depression.

4-21 -

Women and Work

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Christine Mower, Seattle University

  1. "The Quintessence of Wit": Domestic Labor, Science, and Margaret Cavendish's Kitchen Fancies

    Samantha N. Snively, University of California, Davis.

    Margaret Cavendish’s “kitchen fancies” in Poems and Fancies deploy domestic conceits and recipe formats, combining elements of recipe books, conduct manuals, and scientific treatises to acknowledge women’s work as a form of scientific investigation. The poems highlight networks of knowledge and textual production that formed around Renaissance women’s recipe-book exchanges.

  2. Just Who Is Moving that Invisible Hand? Virtue Production and Commodification in Transatlantic Nineteenth-Century Mysteries

    Bethany Qualls, "University of California, Davis".

    Abstract: In nineteenth-century England and America women are not the authors of virtue, but rather its duplicators and reproducers for the middle class. Looking at nineteenth-century mysteries such as E.D.E.N. Southworth's The Hidden Hand (1859), I show how women who turn production of virtue into a process of agency undercut its fetishization.

  3. Blurred Lines: The Troubling Intersections of Labor, Dependency, and Gender in Jacobs’s Incidents and Factory Women’s Writings

    Meghan Wadle, Southern Methodist University.

    While an antebellum public worried that a factory woman’s dependent wage labor threatened her sexual identity, it often submerged similar associations when it discussed the female slave. This essay examines the troubling ideological connections between labor, dependency, and gender through Jacobs’s Incidents and female industrial laborers’ writings.

  4. "The time for sitting": Bodily Work in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Kate Marantz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    This paper considers Hurston’s representations of her protagonist Janie’s body through the multi-valenced lens of “work,” pointing at once to Janie’s bodily movements and positions as enactments of her labors as an African American woman in the South of the Great Depression, and to the important cultural and political work that Hurston herself accomplishes in these depictions. 

4-22 -

Women in French I: La représentation de la vieillesse

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento

  1. Chanter le quatrième âge en traversant le troisième chez Hélène Cixous

    Catherine Phillips, University of Toronto (Canada).

    L'oeuvre récente d'Hélène Cixous fournit un riche portrait de la mère vieillissante de la narratrice dans ses multiplicités subjectives et transformations surprenantes, attention éthique et féministe qui s'accompagne progressivement d'une reconnaissance que la narratrice vieillit elle-même; elle se demande quand elle s'arrêtera d'écrire, tout en continuant son projet « poéthique » pour préserver la vie, malgré l'anticipation de la mort.

  2. L'Intruse ou l'ennemie en soi

    Marianne Golding, Southern Oregon University.

     L’Intruse d'Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Monsieur Ibrahim), se distingue des autres nouvelles du recueil « Odette Toulemonde et autres histoires » par le portrait aux tendances fantastiques que Schmitt y fait d’une vieille femme mystérieuse dont on découvre le secret au fur et à mesure du texte.

  3. Cri d’alarme en douceur de Paula Dumont

    Catherine Montfort, Santa Clara University.

    Dans ma présentation, j’analyserai le texte tout récent de Paula Dumont, Portée disparue: Aller simple pour Alzheimer (2014) qui lance un cri d’alarme devant les problèmes posés par la maladie d’Alzheimer. La mère de l’auteure n’est pas mise devant un fait unique: la fugue de sa mère que l’on a jamais retrouvée est un phéomène qui concerne 5% des malades mentaux. 


Creative Artist Spotlight Address: Vital Signs with Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm (RCC Exhibit Hall C)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Vital Signs: Juan Delgado, Inlandia Poet

    Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Mexican American poet Juan Delgado first came to the United States with his family when he was a child. Delgado’s collections of poetry are Green Web (1994); El Campo (1998); A Rush of Hands (2003); and Vital Signs (2013), which is about his hometown of San Bernardino. Delgado’s work often portrays the realities of the immigrant experience, with its attendant poverty, hardships, and love. He is a professor of creative writing, Chicano literature, and poetry at California State University, San Bernardino.

  2. Vital Signs: Thomas McGovern, Inlandia Photographer

    Thomas McGovern, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Thomas McGovern is a photographer and writer living in San Bernardino. He is the author of Vital Signs (2013), Hard Boys + Bad Girls (2010), Amazing Grace (2010), and Bearing Witness (to AIDS) (1999). His photographs are in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of the City of New York; and the Griffin Museum of Photography, among others. In 2011 he founded the photography magazine Dotphotozine. He is a professor of art at California State University, San Bernardino.

5-01 -

21st Century American Poetry I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Ann Keniston, University of Nevada, Reno

  1. Playing Poker with the Absolute in the Poetry of Frank Bidart

    Catherine Irwin, University of La Verne.

    Focusing on Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog (2013) and the section Bidart entitled the “Hunger for the Absolute,” this paper argues that, in Bidart’s neo-confessionals, the speaker grapples with narratives that maintain attachments to bodily and metaphysical flesh, inevitably exposing—and questioning—the illusory necessity and price of certain attachments.


  2. Between Necessity and Freedom: Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog and Heidegger’s Interpretation of Friedrich Schelling

    Scott Riley, St. Mary's College of California.

    Utilizing Heidegger’s interpretation of Schelling, this paper investigates Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog in relation to questions of ontology. It traces the ways in which Bidart’s poems, like Schelling's Treatise on the Essense of Human Freedom, resituate freedom as antithetical to necessity, rather than nature.

  3. “Words somewhere among the nebulae”: The Lyric Speaker and Outer Space in New Poetry

    Caleb Agnew, University of Virginia.

    This paper investigates the prominence of outer space imagery in new poetry by W. S. Merwin and Alan Shapiro, arguing that the speaker's location in relation to the physical universe becomes troubled by cosmic referents, and the instability of this link emerges as one of the primary insights in these poets' new work.

5-02 -

African American Literature I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego

  1. Spirits, Psychology, and Self in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood

    Stephanie Luke, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Hopkins drew inspiration from William James’s “The Hidden Self,” an essay that explores the connections between “mysticism” and identity. This paper explores the novel’s representation of racial heritage in relation to James’s psychological theories of fractured consciousness. It also theorizes how this duality of self fails to provide the novel with a sense of resolution.

  2. Murder, Maternity and Muted Histories: Beloved and the American and Female Gothic

    Cheri Carter, Alamo Colleges District.

    This paper explores the ways in which Toni Morrison’s Beloved relies on conventions of the American and Female Gothic to reflect upon the repressed historical, cultural and familial legacies that continue to influence Afro American communities. I contend that because Beloved’s author and protagonist are  Afro American women, the novel both deviates from and adheres to conventions found in other works of the American and of the Female Gothic. 

  3. “The Way to the Heart is through the Spirit”: The Exorcism of Women’s Contribution to Culture in Beloved

    Vivianna Orsini, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


    Studying women and culture in correlation to one another in Toni Morrison’s Beloved can reveal women as the foundation of a strong, cultural identity. This essay will examine women as culture bearers, and motherhood as both identity and resistance by juxtaposing the ghost of Beloved  of Baby Suggs.

5-03 -

American Literature before 1865 I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin

  1. "A remarkable change of Providence": The Formation of the American Sex/Gender System in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative

    Stephanie Harper, California State University, Northridge.

    My paper analyzes Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative as both a precursor to and major influence upon heteronormativity in American society. 

  2. Female Quixotism in 18th Century America: "How-to-Read-Romance" Novels

    Ali Almajnooni, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    This paper reads  Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote and Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism as metafiction. It delineates the metafictional characteristics of the novels and shows how they denounce the themes and conventions of sentimental.  It explores how they highlight liminal tensions between disputing notions and use those tensions to contribute to the feminist discourse of their time. 

  3. Tomboyism as a Lifelong Identity in E.D.E.N Southworth's The Hidden Hand

    Leila Sakhai, Claremont Graduate University.

    Southworth’s The Hidden Hand subverts established nineteenth-century ideals of femininity through its use of the tomboy figure. It is through this tomboyism that Capitola can embody a liminal space wherein she can exploit the performative aspects of gender. Rather than merely occupy a completely masculine identity, Southworth's brand of tomboyism is fluid and changeable, allowing her to access and “perform” either gender depending on the circumstances of the plot. 

5-04 -

Asian Literature II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Nathanael Booth, University of Alabama

  1. Appearance and TranscendenceNuances of “shen” in Shishuo xinyu

    Jiayao Wang, University of South Carolina.

    Shishuo xinyu(A New Account of Tales of the World, ca. 430) records observed and deftly articulated world of variations on human sensations, perceptions and actions. In my paper, I will concentrate on the nuances of shen , arguing that within the context of shishuo, the understanding of shen must be put into its embodiment in appearance and transcendence, which contributes to its later appearance in aesthetic understanding.

  2. Camptown Biopolitics and Korean Camptown Women's Activism in An Il-sun's Mudflat

    Seonna Kim, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    I examine the biopolitical production of Korean camptown women’s bodies in the ROK-US alliance and analyze An Il-sun’s novel Mudflat (Bbaetbeol) that imagines Korean camptown (kijichon) women’s alternative activism.

  3. History, Trauma and Dead Bodies’ Return: Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost and Contemporary Sri Lankan Art

    Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University.

    Discussing Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost and Sri Lankan visual arts that deal with the Sri Lankan Civil War, this project investigates how these cultural products create a spectral vision of a nation and the world in relation to history, trauma and bodies. 

5-05 -

Baltic Studies

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Zivile Gimbutas, Independent Scholar

  1. A Short Reading of Poems Touching on Lithuanian Heritage

    Al Zolynas, Alliant International University.

    A reading of poems ranging in subject matter from Lithuanian heritage to scenes from WW II Lithuania, emigrant life in the U.S.A. and present-day Lithuania; a tribute to Czeslaw Milosz and

  2. Vėlinės as an Alternative Space of Genuine Being

    Asta Kraskouskas, Boston College.

    In the late 1980's Vėlinės, the annual custom of commemorating the dead, created an alternative space allowing participants to cultivate their individual and communal identities with personal spiritual freedom from the surroounding Soviet reality. In some geographical locations and among certain groups of people,  Vėlinės exceeded its scope of being a matter of kinship.

  3. Death Comes to Boleslovas

    Birute Putrius, Independent Scholar.

    A reading of fiction expressive of Lithuanian beliefs and customs concerning death, dying, burial, and the afterlife. "Death Comes to Boleslovas," Chapter 1 and "Boleslovas' Death," Chapter 35 (excerpts from my novel The Book Smuggler).

  4. Magical Elements in the Fiction of Wendell Mayo

    Daiva Markelis, Eastern Illinois University.

    This paper explores how Wendell Mayo uses elements of magical realism in his recent fiction about contemporary Lithuanian life, the novel In Lithuanian Wood and the short story collection The Cucumber King of Kedainiai.

5-06 -

Classics (Latin)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College

  1. "A Closeness Like That": Translating the Hereafter in Nox

    Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Pomona College.

    In this paper, I argue that  Carson challenges notions of proximity, intimacy, and familiarity through the dynamics of translation in her 2009 collection Nox. Interpretations of Nox often point to elegy's inability to conjure the deceased. I demonstrate how, in addition to this limit, translation helps define different types of loss, how Carson looks past as much as through her dead brother, and the implications of those choices for the reader of this physically awkward and material-laden work.

  2. Me parum pudicum putastis?: Persona Problems in Catullus and Eminem

    Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College.

    This essay interprets the controversial rapper Eminem’s song, “Criminal,” as a Catullan project in establishing distance between the poet and poetic persona, accomplished though very Catullan invective. I show that “Criminal” explicitly disavows the stance of authenticity demanded by the conventions of satire and hip-hop, and that that song’s program to dismantle the imagined conflation of the poet with his poetic persona maps very neatly onto Catullus 16.

  3. Playing the Farmer: Elite Discourses of Farming in Ancient Rome and Early America

    Nancy Shumate, Smith College.


    It is a commonplace that Thomas Jefferson looked to Roman models for his vision a republic of virtuous farmer-citizens. But what Jefferson reproduced, more precisely, was the Roman elite exploitation of the small farmer idea, which allowed owners of slave-worked estates to fashion themselves as humble farmers for ideological ends.




  4. Titryus the Christian: The Reception of Vergil’s First Eclogue in Early Christian Poetry

    Christopher Chinn, Pomona College.

    This paper examines the reception of Vergil’s first Eclogue in the Christian poets Juvencus and Endelechius. Specifically I examine the appropriation of Vergil’s “god in the city” motif as a way to refer to Christ, instead of to the emperor.

5-07 -

Composition and Rhetoric I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Dawn Formo, California State University, San Marcos

  1. Emerging Conceptions of Agency in Post-Modern Composition Pedagogy

    Pamela Portenstein, California State University, San Bernardino.

    This paper discusses the conflict between modern and post-modern conceptions of agency in the composition classroom. In order to move beyond this subject-context binary, new knowledge is needed. Bohm argues that imagination and insight can break  down presuppositions so new knowledge can emerge. I apply Bohm's concept  to the composition classroom to show how human agency is an emergent feature of particular situations.

  2. How Women's Work as Home Educators Shifted the Private/Public Divide

    Rachel Buck, University of Arizona.

    Women have long been seen as educators in the home. In this presentation, I explore the idea of "republican motherhood" and how women used this as a rhetorical strategy to negotiate the tension between the private and public sphere.  I look at the literate practices of Tucson Woman's Club, an organization founded in 1900, as a specific example of women understanding their own collective agency to engage in civic action.

  3. The Translingual Contact Zone: Qualifyin' and Theorizin'

    Gregg Fields, Arizona State University.

    To catalyze deeper thought regarding Mary Louise Pratt's contact zone in light of developing translingual concepts, I analyze the language associated with Pratt's contact zone, juxtaposing the temporal "safe house" with a permanent safe haven to reveal a need for greater linguistic play through what I call a translingual liminality.

5-08 -

Familiarizing the "jeune filles"

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Virginie Pouzet-Duzer, Pomona College

  1. L’herbier des jeunes filles en fleur

    Virginie Pouzet-Duzer, Pomona College.

    Cette communication montrera de quelle manière ce curieux objet fin de siècle qu’est la jeune fille se trouva pour de bon cerné à l’aube de la première guerre mondiale. Ainsi les fleurs sauvages purent-elles enfin être étiquetées dans le métaphorique herbier d’études sociologiques traitant de la jeunesse.

  2. "There’s something about Marie": Gender Performance and the Rejection of Non-normative Femininity in Monsieur Vénus

    Carolyn EmBree, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Throughout Monsieur Vénus (1884), Rachilde retains conventional gender roles for the purpose of subverting their gender specificity. Though the author succeeds in indicating facile stereotypes of femininity, she does little to garner acceptance for non-normative female behavior, particularly when this behavior does not attempt to incorporate traditional displays of masculinity.

  3. Innocent, Guilty or Legally Insane? Exploring the Criminal Responsibility of Hysterics in the Age of Hypnotism

    Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, University of Southern California.

    In the nineteenth century, the practice of hypnotism is at the center of debates about criminal responsibility: are hypnotized individuals - and particularly hysterical women, the hypnotized subject par excellence - responsible for crimes committed under hypnosis? Yet, this question betrays a pervasive anxiety about women as untamable social threats.


5-09 -

Film Studies III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside

  1. Trauma, Body, and Memory: Representation of History in Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon Amour and Zero Chou’s Spider Lilies

    Kai Kang, University of California, Riverside.

    By studying Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon Amour (1959) and Zero Chou’s Spider Lilies (2007), the paper explores the significance of erotic relationship and bodily communication in representation of history and negotiation of traumatic events. 

  2. Seven Days in May, Fail-Safe, and Dr. Strangelove: The Cinematic Military Terrors of 1964

    Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

    In 1964, as Americans recovered from the shocks of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy, Hollywood produced three classic depictions of a U.S. military gone insane. This paper explores how Seven Days in May, Fail-Safe, and Dr. Strangelove each warned that unrestrained military power threatened the nation's very existence, possibly global annihilation, in an age of computerization, extremism, and Mutually Assured Destruction.

  3. Safety Zone: The Nanjing Massacre in Chuan Lu’s City of Life and Death and Florian Gallenberger’s John Rabe

    John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    One German and one Chinese film came out in 2009 documenting John Rabe’s efforts to establish a safety zone in the midst of a violent Japanese invasion of Nanjing. In different ways, both films portray history as a clash of senseless, primal forces that efface individual acts of heroism.

5-10 -

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno

  1. Metropolitan Exile: The Poetry of Enrique Lihn and Federico García Lorca

    Anna Hiller, Idaho State University.

    This is a comparative study that examines New York City as a space of exile for the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, writing in 1929-30, and Chilean poet Enrique Lihn, writing in the 1970s. The two poets construct the city as a place of witness, but not of participation, and use the overpowering presence of NYC as a vehicle for reflections on their expatriation, demonstrating an ambivalence toward, and friction with, the city that accepts them and rejects them by turns, and vice versa.

  2. Walking through Memories, Walking the Land: The Role of Songlines in the Works of Doris Pilkington Garimara

    Lydia Heberling, University of Washington, Seattle.

    This paper explores the possibility of reading Doris Pilkington Garimara's three books, Caprice, A Stockman's DaughterRabbit-Proof Fence, and Under the Wintamarra Tree, as a songline that decolonizes Australia's dominant colonial narrative and asserts a new narrative that strives to re-suture indigenous communities back to the land. 

  3. “No one questions my being here”: (Re)mapping Landscapes in Thomas S. Whitecloud’s “Blue Winds Dancing”

    Paulina M. Gonzales, University of California, San Diego.

    Thomas S. Whitecloud’s “Blue Winds Dancing” (1938) is a short story that represents a protagonist’s journey home to his tribal nation in Wisconsin. In my paper, I investigate Whitecloud’s short story from a geo- and eco-critical perspective that draws on Mishuana Goeman’s concept of (re)mapping. 

  4. Spirited Resistance: Representing Contemporary, Coalitional Eco-Activism

    Kyle Bladow, University of Nevada, Reno.

    Combining ecocriticism with Native literary criticism, this paper examines literary representations of coalitional activism in the Upper Great Lakes, which draws on cultural traditions, the rhetoric of prophecy, and attachment to place to resist environmental degradation and to acknowledge the lively “spirit” of land and water.

5-11 -

Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside

  1. Diaspora and Forgetfulness in Contemporary Philippine-American Fiction

    William Arighi, Independant Scholar.

    This paper examines two Philippine-North American novels for the constitutive role of forgetting in the construction of diaspora.

  2. Transnational Encounters and the Seeds of Negritude

    Lauren Brown, Occidental College.

    This paper explores the influences on the Negritude movement including the Harlem Renaissance writers and the Martinican intellectuals Paulette and Jane Nardal. I argue that any discussion of the precursors to Negritude must also include an examination of the transnational encounters which nourished the movement.

  3. Haunted Writing: Postmemory and Healing in Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure

    Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    This paper examines Marianne Hirsch’s notion of postmemory as it applies to memoir writing in Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure (2014). The particular focus will be on the ways in which postmemory can be accommodated into the life of the postgeneration and translated culturally and aesthetically.

  4. Specters of Masculinity: Rita Indiana Hernández’ Papí

    Vanessa Nelsen, Emory University.

    In Papí (2005), the Dominican singer and writer, Rita Indiana Hernández redefines the Caribbean father-figure and the ghost story. Borrowing from Derrida's Specters of Marx (1993), I conclude that Indiana renders phallocentric ideology of consumerism and dictatorships) as a concrete system appropriate for dispossession.

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Gothic Childhood

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside

  1. Gothic Elements within Disney's Frozen

    Yarely Alejandre, San Diego State University.

    Throughout the film, the main character, Elsa, is continually forced into spaces that depict gothic patriarchal oppression, which stems from the improper education she receives from her parents.Elsa becomes a physical representation of the break within the physical laws that govern humanity and excess, since she has unexplainable fantastical powers. 

  2. Gothic Gendering in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Haley Hartzell, San Diego State University.

    In this paper, I will argue that Harry Potter functions as the gothic heroine during the majority of the novel, while Hermione Granger embodies a revised gothic hero. These portrayals of gender suggest that characters do not need to be coded in binaries of female and male, but rather that there exists of a sliding scale of gender performance that allows these portrayals to be both moving and believable.

  3. The Monster Beyond the Myth: Merricat Blackwood as Damsel in Distress and Madwoman in the Attic in Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    Kassia Waggoner, Friends University.

    Cheryl Glenn argues that silence can be more powerful than speech, a discursive strategy, which is especially pertinent to the study of the Gothic genre. Merricat Blackwood becomes both damsel in distress and the madwoman in the attic by means of her strategic silence and those that wish to silence her.

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Landscape, Environment, and the Commons in Italian Culture and Literature

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego

  1. Peasants, Landscape and Resistance: The Cervi's Family and Its Legacy

    Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio.

    This presentation looks at the story of the Cervi’s family, a peasant family of the region of Emilia Romagna, before, during and after the Resistance period. I consider the Cervi’s family as an example of a story from below, using a Gramscian term, that lived, acknowledged and experienced the land and the landscape as a mean to improve their life as well as a commons, a land that would be able to sustain and improve the living conditions of the whole surrounding community. 

  2. The Hybrid “Biocitizen” in Italo Calvino’s Marcovaldo or The Seasons in the City

    Adele Sanna, University of California, Los Angeles.

    The goal of my paper is to show how Marcovaldo represents a sort of hybrid and still defective prototype of a “biocitizen,” split by his nostalgia for an idealized idea of nature and his disillusionment towards elements of nature encountered in the city. Marcovaldo is attracted by nature and tries to incorporate it into his everyday life; however, his attempts fail because his nostalgic desire for idyllic nature and his resulting hate towards the city prevent him from experiencing those realms (nature and city) as necessarily co-existent. 

  3. Italian Woods between Proto-environmentalism, Magic and Children’s Literature: The Case of Dino Buzzati’s Il segreto del Bosco Vecchio

    Viola Ardeni, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Studying the representation of woods in Il segreto del Bosco Vecchio (1935), a novel by Dino Buzzati, I show how children’s literature is a privileged genre to express the idea of magic linked to Nature. In addition, this text expresses a reflection on environmentalism and human relationship with the landscape very innovative for Buzzati’s time.

  4. Changing the Political Subject: Sabina Guzzanti's Documentaries

    Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside.

    Italian television satirist, activist, and filmmaker Sabina Guzzanti repurposes genres and media in investigations of free speech, environmental degradation, finance capital, and governance. Focusing on her first two films, Viva Zapatero (2005) and Le ragioni dell’arragosta [Sympathy for the Lobster] (2007), I discuss her trans-media reconceptualization of the political subject.

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Latin American Women and Nineteenth-Century Periodicals

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Patricia Amezcua, California State University, Long Beach

  1. Nation, Gender, and Modernity in Rafael Delgado’s La Calandria (1890) 

    Julio Enriquez-Ornelas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    I intend to explore media technologies in nineteenth century fin de siècle Mexican novels. I will examine, how the relationship between serial novels and “print capitalism” shaped the development of an imagined community in Mexico. 

  2. Juana Manuela Gorriti's Journalistic Communities

    Lee Skinner, Claremont McKenna College.

    Focusing on journals co-edited by Juana Manuela Gorriti, I argue that she and her co-editors created a female-centered literary circle; moreover, I analyze the work of less well-known contributors, who used publication to advance their ideas about gender and nation at a time when traditional ideas about women’s capacities were increasingly coming into question, as were discourses about national identity/ies. 

  3. Soledad Acosta de Samper: la trayectoria literaria de una escritora decimonónica.

    Dalia Gomez, University of California, Riverside.

    This essay examines Soledad Acosta de Samper’s writing trajectory since 1858 as she started writing for two of the most important literary periodicals of Lima, Perú: El mosaico and La biblioteca de señoritas.

  4. Laureana Wright: la educación como base esencial para la emancipación de la mujer

    Patricia Amezcua, California State University, Long Beach.

    La escritora mexicana Laureana Wright de Kleinhans se caracterizó por ser una intelectual independiente, inteligente y visionaria que desde temprana edad mostro  un gran interés por entender y mejorar la situación de la mujer dentro de la sociedad mexicana. En este ensayo demostraré como Laureana Wright de Kleinhans desarrolla una discursiva dentro del espacio público del periodismo para analizar la subjetividad femenina y cuestionar su educación.

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Magic and Witchcraft II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Giulia Hoffmann, University of California, Riverside

  1. Tongue-Tied: Reconstructing Cicero's Pro Titinia Cottae

    Katherine Sutor, University of Toronto (Canada).

    In his no longer extant Pro Titinia Cottae, Cicero defended his client against the charge of "spells and incantations." While this speech no longer exists, Cicero's InVatinium and Apuleius' Apologia offer insight into Cicero's potential arguments, providing more understanding of elite views of magic in an undocumented time period.

  2. From Orpheus to Hecate: Magic, Music, and Love in Parthenophil and Parthenophe

    Sarah Iovan, Rock Valley College.

    Petrarchan poetry uses music to tie love and magic together and emphasize tensions between carnality and spirituality. Barnabe Barnes provides an explicit example of this in his sonnet sequence Parthenophil and Parthenophe. Parthenophil includes a series of songs that begin as Orphic magic but descend into demonic ritual. These shifts engage debates surrounding the theological status of natural magic to reflect on the problems of unregulated desire and complicate our understanding of Petrarchan neo-Platonic spirituality.

  3. How Magic Problematizes Evil in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    Renee Grodsky, California State University, Los Angeles.

    In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Kurtz serves as a magical figure, casting a spell on all around him through his mesmerizing voice and indomitable will. Marlow’s quest is laden with fantastic elements that support familiar archetypes and utilize symbols of the fantastic to problematize a journey into the human soul.

  4. The Alchemy of Alan Moore: Magic as Narratological Device in Promethea

    Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.

    I argue that Alan Moore’s Promethea is nothing short of alchemy: a radically instructive magical guide to the graphic medium. Read as a whole, the comic series forms a primer that teaches the reader not only how to decipher a culturally-abjectified text, the comic, but how to best navigate the mystical collaboration that Scott McCloud explains is “at work in the spaces between panels.”

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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (Marriott Orangecrest)
Chair: Julian Ledford, Sewanee: The University of the South

  1. Coleridge and Pantheism: the Deadlock of Free Will, Evil, and Finitude in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel


    Katherine Brewer, Middle Tennessee State University.

    Critics have neglected Coleridge’s engagement with Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics and Pantheismusstreit. I propose that Christabel and The Rime Ancient Mariner reveal an anxiety over the position of pantheism, i.e., the belief that God is all objects in nature and the acceptance of determinism, man’s finitude, and evil as privatio boni.

  2. Visible Darkness: Collapsing the Wordsworthian Dialectical

    Carla Cannalte, University of Colorado at Boulder.

                Visible darkness is a synthesis that ultimately represents the philosophical trajectory of William Wordsworth’s poetry. Although Wordsworth initially understands human existence by dualisms such as light and darkness, he ultimately resolves his use of binary logic into holistic harmony. By synthesizing binary oppositions into visible darkness, Wordsworth undergoes poetic revelation, as he comes to understand that human existence is cyclical rather than defined by dialectics.

  3. “Une Culture Naissante”: Romantic Metissage in Chateaubriand’s Atala

    Cloe Le Gall-Scoville, University of California, Davis.

    In this paper, I argue that François-René de Chateaubriand’s Atala (1801) presents a utopian but ultimately doomed vision of benign colonialism that combines aspects of Native-American and European culture. The daughter of a Spanish father and Native-American mother, Atala, the eponymous heroine of the novella, embodies this tragic metissage. 

5-17 -

Science Fiction I: SF Affects

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Rob Latham, University of California, Riverside

  1. Impossible Geometries: Disorientation in Visual Interpretations of Borgesian and Lovecraftian Space in Digital Fan Art

    Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper analyzes some examples of online fan art featured on social network sites like DeviantArt. Paying particular attention to visual renderings of fantastic and impossible spaces based on Jorge Luis Borges's "The Library of Babel" and H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, the paper aims to compare the different strategies of disorientation that the writers and the fan artists employ in their intepretations of these spaces.


  2. Making Worlds Together: Science Fiction and the Politics and Promises of Listening

    Richard Hunt, University of California, Riverside.

    Through brief, comparative readings of three novels, this presentation tracks themes and representations of listening and difference in communication themed sf novelsto suggest that the promises of listening lie somewhere between an obsession with the technical mastery of symbol systems and a nihilistic commitment to radical contingency.


    The Duplicitous Nature of Empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

    Jeffery Anderson, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Never Let Me Go raises many pertinent questions concerning human rights especially when applied to the future of cloning. Reading NLMG in light of two competing theorists, Lynn Hunt author of Inventing Human Rights and Michel Foucault author of Discipline and Punish, exposes the largely forgotten and nebulous concept of empathy and its potential use for manipulation. NLMG redefines empathy for a new class of human, the clone, and shows empathy’s use as an ideological tool for control.

5-18 -

Television Studies

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Russell McDermott, University of Southern California

  1. "Orange is the New Black": Tough Women in Rough Situations on Television

    Mark W. Bundy, University of California, Riverside.

    This presentation will explore how and why pervasive violence, confrontations, and cruelty between women on shows such as "Orange is the New Black," Mob Wives:New Blood," and others appear to be rapidly changing older notions of aspects of "Femininity."

  2. Haunting the Spanish Soap Opera: The Specter of Queer Desire and the Romance of Capital in Amar en tiempos revueltos

    Jodi Eisenberg, University of California, San Diego.

    The lesbian storyline in the Spanish soap opera Amar en tiempos revueltos earned the show its highest ratings. Set in the time of the fascist dictatorship, the love story allows viewers to celebrate their own progressiveness, despite contemporary Spain’s continued oppression and exploitation of queers and the working class. I unpack these hauntings and slippages to reveal the investment of Spanish capitalism in lesbian sexuality.

  3. The Pedagogical Abilities of Sherlock: A Tool to Decolonize Sexuality

    Ashley Morford, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

    In this paper, I explore the BBC series Sherlock and its fan engagement through the lens of indigenous and queer studies to argue that the series can help us not only understand the sexual colonization of Western society but can ultimately decolonize prevalent notions of sexuality.

  4. “But I Do Clean Up Real Fuckin’ Pretty”: True Detective’s Motorcycle Subculture Representation as Spectacle and Diversion

    Katie King, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    As Turner notes, “ideology is the very site of struggle”  between subcultures and the dominant culture.  Instead of challenging normative assumptions or engaging in subversive practices, the directors of True Detective employ a method of incorporation that reflects an inaccurate, caricatured, and overly simplistic representation of bikers, which in turn widens such a divide.

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Translation and Interpretation

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Thierry Boucquey, Scripps College

  1. Andrée Chedid & the Alchemy of Poetry

    Marci Vogel, University of Southern California.

    « Les vivants » is the second of Andrée Chedid's 1956 triptych, Terre et poésie. Comprised of 20 lyrical sections, the poem works as might an aggregate of elements––water, air, fire, earth––without which the living cannot exist. Poetry––and by extension, translation––becomes a genesis story of its own making––what the ancient alchemists might name a fifth element.

  2. The Work of Art in the Wake of Machine Translation, or Distant Reading Benjamin’s One-Way Street

    Phillip Cortes, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Using the digital program called ScatterPlot to translate Benjamin’s original text into a graphical mosaic of the most frequently occurring words, I translate the text into terms of statistical, rather than literary, significance. This paper through this machine translational and mathematical approach calls into question the stability of literary meaning.

  3. Visionary Translation, Conventual Reading, and the Villers Codex

    Barbara Zimbalist, University of Texas, El Paso.

    This paper argues that the Villers Codex offers readers devotional guidance through translation and compilation. I argue that the manuscript is organized according to the visionary and linguistic translation particular to the female spirituality of high medieval Liège, thus promoting conventual reading grounded in translation as exemplary devotional practice.

  4. Translating Sloterdijk

    Oliver Berghof, California State University, San Marcos.

    For this PAMLA 2014 session on 'Translation and Interpretation' I would like to propose
    a paper on "Translating Sloterdijk", in which I'd like to draw on my translation of the 2013
    Wellek Lectures at UC Irvine from German into English.

5-20 -

Women and Film I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Joi Carr, Pepperdine University

  1. Breaking Bad: (De)Centering Hollywood/(Re)Presenting Chicanas in Film

    Karen Roybal, University of New Mexico.

    Salt of the Earth (1954) and Machete (2010) are films that take head-on the realities of racial, gender, and economic stratification. Yet, as this paper suggests, much like the political agenda of the U.S. Nation-state, they understate women as important social and political actors through their reliance on central male characters. 

  2. Contesting Failure: Decolonial Feminist Film in Post-Revolutionary Cuba

    Jamie Rogers, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper examines Cuba’s “golden age” of cinema, arguing that a raced and gendered system of power pervades representations of the revolutionary project, undermining its emancipatory aims. As a counterpoint, I turn to Sara Gomez’s De cierta manera, which I argue offers a model for a decolonial feminist film practice. 

  3. Let Them Have Sports Docs: ESPN's Nine for IX Documentary Series

    Andrew Harrington, Pepperdine University.

    The series of documentary films Nine for IX, which ESPN produced in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation, represents a landmark in female representation in mainstream sports media while simultaneously showing the continued marginalization of females and female sports.

  4. "You're Really Doing it, Aren't ya? You're Shitting in the Street": A Feminist Reading of Bridesmaids as a Chick-Flick Genre

    Ashley Hamilton, California State University, San Bernardino.

    The public debate regarding whether or not women are capable of being funny has been longstanding and is perpetuated through cinema. This project aims to analyze how Bridesmaids reverses that trajectory and challenges the assumption that women are inherently not funny. I will be arguing that although it has conventions that categorize it as a chick-flick, Bridesmaids acts as a feminist text as it offers a stereotypical male dimension that is typically not featured in movies marketed to women.

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Women and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:15am (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Mary Powell, Claremont Graduate University

  1. Disease Represented: ‘Carmen and Adela,’ A Narrative of Contagious Desire

    J. Selene Zander, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    This paper explores the ways in which the language of hygiene is used to critique deviant female bodies and practices. The primary event that stimulates this moralizing discourse in nineteenth century Cuba is the outbreak of cholera. The era’s narrative fiction links literal contagion to non-normative forms of somatic contact.

  2. “She Must Be Brought to Reason Somehow”: Epilepsy in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

    Jessica Groper, Glendale Community College.

    Charles Dickens’ novel Bleak House features a female character with epilepsy, which exposed Victorian readers to a subversive and terrifying image in the female seizure.  The uncontrollable female body challenges nineteenth-century medical knowledge and ideals of female behavior, while also acting as an effective plot device in Dickens’ work.

  3. “A great sufferer—my doll”: The Tension of Medical Maternity in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

    Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University.

    By drawing on the feminized medical rhetoric of nursing, the conflict between the private and the professional spheres is seemingly dissipated as the role of healthcare professional harmoniously combines with that of mother in Mary Seacole’s autobiography; however, this apparently smooth combination also challenges both of these roles.

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21st Century American Poetry II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Jeffrey Gray, Seton Hall University

  1. Making Money Talk: Commodification in Rae Armantrout’s Post-Recession Poems

    Ann Keniston, University of Nevada, Reno.

    My paper considers the ways Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout’s 2011 Money Shot explores economics, arguing that the volume links the Great Recession to other recent American cultural trends. Money Shot also links poetic images to commodities in ways that critique traditional modes of understanding poetry’s cultural function. But Armantrout also embraces the opportunities this commodification offers for punning and play, even as her poems express ambivalence about her own poetic success.

  2. Rachel  Blau DuPlessis and the Post-Objectivist Serial Poem

    Alan Golding, University of Louisville.

    Lorine Niedecker asks “intensity—one can spread it in voluptuous gasps over page after page?” Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ multi-volume serial poem Drafts (2013) and the follow-up project Interstices (2014) can be read as a response to Niedecker’s question—which is also a question about the possible limitations of Objectivist poetics. What version of an Objectivist heritage or poetics do we find in DuPlessis’s use of seriality? What forms of continuity and discontinuity?

  3. Doing Things with Objects:  Millennial Appropriations

    Jeffrey Gray, Seton Hall University.

    The difference between the appropriative writing of the 20th century and the present, is that raw text is increasingly seen as uninterpretable. I suggest the implications of contemporary appropriations and their attempt to bypass pastiche, “blank parody,” or indeed to offer any intervention at all.

6-02 -

African American Literature II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, Palomar College

  1. The Collaborative, Artistic Symposium on Authentic Blackness in Carl Van Vechten's(?) Nigger Heaven

    Tim Randell, University of San Diego.

    Nigger Heaven can be viewed as a practical symposium conducted by Carl Van Vechten in which many black artists participated, including Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Langston Hughes, and the many black voices that appeared in the more idealistic theoretical symposium that W. E. B. Du Bois initiated in The Crisis in 1924 on how blackness should be portrayed. 

  2. Delusional Celebrations: Commemorating Freedom and Imagining Identity

    Michael McGee Jr., University of California, Berkeley.

    This paper reevaluates the commemorations of the racial victories of the 1860s and 1960s, arguing that while narratives of progress suggest the achievement of freedom, they advance an idealism that displace freedom as daily practices of lived experience in favor of celebrating markers of racial resolution.

  3. Reductio ad Absurdum: The Twenty-First Century Racial Landscape in Percival Everett's My Name Is Not Sidney Poitier

    Martin Japtok, Palomar College.

    While Everett's novel My Name Is Not Sidney Poitier has a light, ironic touch and is full of puns, jokes, and playful allusions, its implications prove gloomy: Not Sidney's journey ends in frustration as he cannot find a model for an identity that allows him both to be black and simply be.

  4. Gentrifying Chocolate City: Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

    Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego.

    Set in Washington DC, Mengestu’s text offers a rare literary glimpse of the complexities of gentrification and a deft appraisal of the racial and socioeconomic intersections therein. This paper extricates aspects of this complexity to argue that gentrification often creates spaces where racial and socioeconomic differences cannot reasonably coexist.   

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American Literature before 1865 II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: Stephanie Harper, California State University, Northridge

  1. Unearthing "The Vampyre" in Poe's "Berenice"

    Jessica Wojtysiak, "California State University, Bakersfield".

    Edgar Allan Poe's correspondence with T.W. White and the textual similarities between the two stories support the identification of John William Polidori's "The Vampyre" as the likely source for Poe's "Berenice." Poe selected Polidori's mundane tale to elevate aesthetically but omitted explicit mention of the vampire motif to avoid appearing derivative.

  2. Bartleby’s Other Alternative

    Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin.

    It’s been suggested that “Bartleby” tests and rejects three modes of being: in the world and of it; in the world but not of it; neither in the world nor of it. This paper explores the omitted (and surviving) alternative: to be of the world, but not in it.

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Asian Literature III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University

  1. Articulating “Literature” in the Chinese Context

    Carlos Yu-Kai Lin, University of Southern California.

    This paper examines how does the ancient Chinese term, wenxue, which derives from Confucian classics, becomes the modern concept of literature that denotes a universal literary value and a global literary system.

  2. Propagating Love in Enemy’s Tongues: Wu Mansha and Sinophone Popular Romance in Wartime Taiwan, 1937-1945

    Chun-yu Lu, Washington University, St. Louis.

    This paper examines the complexity of “Chineseness” in Sinophone writings by studying a popular writer, Wu Mansha, a “Chinese alien” in colonial Taiwan, and his popular romances published during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This paper probes how “Chineseness” is constructed vis-à-vis the contesting powers of nationalism, colonialism and the War.

  3. The Revelation of the Nomos in Diasporic Literature: The Example of Kim Sok-pom’s Death of a Crow

    Andrew Harding, Cornell University.

    Kim Sok-pom’s novel, Death of a Crow disrupts the category of ‘Zainichi Literature’ by refuting its subsumption into the limiting genre of national allegory. Instead, it portrays a landscape which exposes the roots of oppression in the wider political nomos, thus gesturing towards an alternative subjectivity.

  4. Science Fictionality Beyond Science Fiction: Reading Lydia Kwa’s Trans-Pacific Novels Through Novums and Slipstreams

    Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside.

    The concepts of novum and slipstream developed in science fiction criticism can be productively applied to foreground the formal innovativeness of non-science fiction texts. They enable a reading of Singaporean-Canadian writer Lydia Kwa’s novels as formally complex trans-Pacific narratives rather than ethnographic texts of historical or cultural authenticity.

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Composition and Rhetoric II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Cynthia Headley, California State University, San Marcos

  1. Translate, Synthesize, Connect: A Tripartite Solution for Teaching Students to Engage with Outside Source Material in Developmental and Introductory-Level Composition Classes

    Melanie James, MiraCosta College., Jacob Strona, MiraCosta College.

    In response to the ineffective use and analysis of outside sources in students’ essays, I argue for a new method: Translate, Synthesis, and Connect. This method would have students start on a textual level to translate meaning, filter that meaning through the self, and then analyze how that interpretation is applicable to a larger social community.  

  2. Falsification Experiences: Building Academic Citizenship through Scientific Knowledge Practices

    John Goshert, Utah Valley University.

    By understanding how collective authority produces and sustains knowledge and exploratory intellectual practices initiate falsification experiences through which knowledge evolves, scientific literacy provides a transportable model for students’ academic enculturation.

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Continental Romanticism

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Larry H. Peer, Brigham Young University

  1. The Haunting of Giselle

    Ashley N. Shams, University of St. Thomas.

    This paper examines the ghostly Wilis of Act II of the romantic ballet Giselle as manifestations of   repressed violence done to them that now that forces them to haunt the living. Furthermore, as the societal context of the ballet changes in modern reworkings so too does the identity of the Wilis and the haunting they represent.

  2. Miasmatic Theories: The Medical Prescience of Edgar Allan Poe

    Cristina Perez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España; West Virginia University.

    This article will demonstrate how Poe, through his medical research and interests (especially focusing on the miasmatic theories), introduced elements of medicine and science in his works in order to create an atmosphere of terror for his readers and contemporaries. 

  3. Romantic Irony and the Critique of Metadrama: A. W. Schlegel and S. T. Coleridge


    Frederick Burwick, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Largely unexplored in discussion of shared attributes of European Romanticism, metadrama is the richest field in the literary exploitation of the self-annihilating trope of Romantic Irony. Although the poets and novelists contributed to the Romantic interest in making the genre itself their subject matter, the playwrights succeeded in providing far more elaborate examples of self-reflexivity.


6-07 -

Disney and Its Worlds

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. "A Wonderful Dream Come True": Disney's Cinderella as Canonical Fairy-Tale Text

    Margot Blankier, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

    This paper examines the methods by which Disney’s Cinderella has usurped the canonical place of previous iterations of the “Cinderella” tale by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, by performing a civilizing function for its American audiences and inscribing an “American dream”-style mythos across a traditional European narrative.

  2. The Princess and the Parable: Disney's Staging of a Morality Play in the Big Easy

    LauraAnne Carroll-Adler, University of Southern California.

    Ironically,  Tiana, Disney’s most modern princess, set in 20th century America, relies on the tropes and devices of that most medieval of genres, the morality play--and it does so to hide those elements of culture that had so often lurked behind the scenes in Disney’s landscapes even as the film presents itself as a vision of a new, more diverse Disney.

  3. “Come Run the Hidden Pine Trails”:  Evolving Natural Sanctuaries in Animated Disney Films

    Brennan M. Thomas, Saint Francis University.

    This paper examines how the evolving natural worlds of animated Disney films reflect the increasing physical and mental strengths of their female protagonists as well as audiences’ changing conceptualizations of Nature from sanctuaries of anonymity and innocence to spaces of discovery and self-realization.

6-08 -

Film and Literature I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Spectacles, Spectacle, and Specters: A Gatsby for the 21st Century

    Christine Danelski, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Baz Luhrman’s version of Fitzgerald’s text, The Great Gatsby, offers a 21st century version which exuberantly glorfies this excess even while decries it.  The specters of class and privilege extant in Fitzgerald’s 1925 text are reinscribed in Luhrman’s film both within the narrative and in its means of production.

  2. Disrupting Hollywood Conventions: What Lucille’s Clifton’s “Status Symbol” Can Offer The Help

    Joi Carr, Pepperdine University.

    Clifton employs a symbol of Jim Crowism to deconstruct the way dehumanization often takes form through seemingly mundane objects in our lives. Ironically, The Help neglects such poignancy with its narrative use of the same symbol in its fictive portrayal of the Jim Crow south.

  3. Labyrinthine Realities: Borges, Mythology, and Inception

    Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno.

    This paper explores the depth and breadth of the influence of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ oeuvre on Christopher Nolan’s 2010 science fiction film Inception. I argue that the film is more than an homage to a story or two, but rather a profound reading of Borges fiction and nonfiction, interpreted for film.

  4. Empowered Portrayals of Andean Cosmology in the Fight against Extractive Activities

    Mari-Eve Monette, McGill University.

    This paper aims to demonstrate that the film Altiplano (2009) both maintains the Peruvian indigenist tradition of employing Andean animism to denounce extractive activities as well as empowers Andean culture in a way that is representative of the organized ethnic politics that have risen in South America since the 2000s.

6-09 -

Four SoCal Writers: Eric, Ara, Joseph, & Joseph

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Joseph Thomas, San Diego State University

  1. The Best of ...

    Eric Magnuson, San Diego State University.

    Eric Magnuson’s fiction has appeared in Camera Obscura, The Los Angeles Review, and Paper Darts, among others, while his journalism has been published in many magazines, such as Rolling Stone, The Nation, and The Art Newspaper.

  2. Thoughts in Black & Walnut Pink

    Joseph Mosconi, Poetic Research Bureau.

    Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and co-edits the art mag Area Sneaks. He is the author of Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013) and Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Press, 2014). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Triple Canopy, Material, Abraham Lincoln and other journals.

  3. Making Nature Poems

    Ara Shirinyan, Poetic Research Bureau.

    Ara Shirinyan is a poet based in Los Angeles. He is the publisher of Make Now Press and the co-director of the Poetic Research Bureau. His books include Syria Is In the World (Palm Press, 2007), Your Country Is Great (Futurepoem, 2008), and Handsome Fish Offices (Insert Press, 2008).

  4. Some Verses, Mostly Impersonal

    Joseph Thomas, San Diego State University.

    Noted Hillcrest flâneur, Joseph Thomas is also an associate professor of English at San Diego State University and the director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. He is the author of two books, Poetry’s Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children’s Poetry (Wayne State UP, 2007) and Strong Measures (Make Now Press, 2007). He is currently finishing up a monograph for Make Now Press called The Devil's Favorite Pet: Shel Silverstein, An American Iconoclast.

6-10 -

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (Marriott Orangecrest)
Chair: Karen Heinemann, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  1. The Character of Global Cities

    Jane Correia, Pitzer College.

    This paper explores global cities through through visual and literary depictions, illuminating each city’s character. I consider how these visions inform, romanticize, enhance, and darken our perceptions of the present globalizing world. I ask how global cities such as New York, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo become characters in the stories rather than mere settings. I argue that global cities, while similar in many ways, retain cultural idiosyncrasies that resist erasure in the globalization process.

  2. Conflicting Geographies: Teaching Venezuela's Jungle Periphery in Narrative & School Curricula

    Amanda Smith, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper analyzes the Guayana region of Venezuela in the early twentieth-century through a geocritical lens. I examine how both narrative and school geography manuals compete to define the meaning of one of Venezuela’s peripheries at a time when petrodollars were restructuring both Venezuela’s economy and geography.

  3. Geopolitical Identities within a Contested Landscape: The Role of the Arab-Jew in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Morani Kornberg, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

    This paper engages with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through an examination of protest poetry written by Mizrahi poets, also defined as “Arab-Jews.” By reconsidering the Mizrahi, the paper argues that identities conflate and collapse and the territory of Israel/Palestine becomes one spatial unit that obliterates the boundaries of the conflict entirely.

6-11 -

Italian I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio

  1. Borderlands: History, Identity, and Emigration in Fulvio Tomizza’s Materada

    Nathanial Peterson-More, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Triestine identity and literature are widely seen to result from the city’s uniquely liminal geographic and cultural positioning. But what about the other side of the border? Inspired by the observations of critics like Angelo Ara & Claudio Magris, and by the notions of living and writing in a borderland, I investigate the relations of place and borders to the problematic, interconnected issues of identity and emigration in Post-WWII Istria, as they emerge in Fulvio Tomizza’s 1960 novel Materada.

  2. Orgosolo Murals: The Power of Artistic Language in the Construction of the Italian Identity

    Laura Giancaspero, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.

    This paper aims to analyze the role of identity construction that the wall drawings of a small village of the hinterland of Sardinia carried out with the local population. Orgosolo, village of shepherds, during the late 60's and the next decade, lived a season of strong social and political protest in the wake of the contemporary national social movements of '68.

  3. As Italian as Kkweya: The Promotion of a New Italian Literature

    Adriana Benvenuto, Glendale Community College.

    This paper introduces the novel Kkweya, by Carla Macoggi, to share tales between two culture groups of her origin: the Ethiopian and the Italian. It analyses how the hybrid identity of a little Ethiopian girl has been formed and the challenges of crossing cultures by exploring post-colonial literature and the multicultural Italian literature.

6-12 -

Literature and the Other Arts I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Judith DeTar, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. Production at the Periphery: Literary and Artistic Resistance in Urban Cameroon

    Adelaide Kuehn, University of California - Los Angeles.

    I turn to representations of urban peripheries, and the artistic production within these communities, in order to engage with grassroots movements seeking social change. I use literary and visual sources from urban Cameroon in order to understand how peripheral communities seek to integrate into the economic and social center of the city.

  2. “The Eye Suffuses What It Sees with I”: Image, Text, and Subjectivity

    Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University.

    This paper engages with Mark Doty’s ideas regarding form and subjectivity, described in his novella-length essay Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, as a model for reading hybrid literary texts that include photography or other visual elements. 

  3. The Domestic Ballet:  Dance, Grace, and Physical Movement in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Allison Curseen, Duke University.

    Focusing on Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s peculiar allusions to ballet, this paper uses dance history and the study of dance performance in order to explore both the racist ideologies and resistances to those ideologies embedded in the depictions of physical movements in Stowe’s domestic and antislavery narratives.

6-13 -

Magic and Witchcraft III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford

  1.  Philosophically Defining the Supernatural 

    Matthew Ferguson, University of California, Irvine.

    Magic and witchcraft are regarded not only as ‘paranormal’, but also ‘supernatural’. Paranormal events are those that lie beyond the bounds of existing scientific knowledge, such as alien abductions. However, not all ‘paranormal’ things, such as aliens, are equally regarded as ‘supernatural’, like magic and witchcraft. This paper aims to craft a metaphysical distinction between the ‘natural’ and the ‘supernatural’, in order to better understand what it is about magic that makes it so magical.  

  2. Ghostly Illusions: Anna Eva Fay's Conjuring Spectacles

    Giulia Hoffmann, University of California, Riverside.

    In this paper, I analyze conjuring performances by Anna Eva Fay, one of the first female stage magicians in America, arguing that her depiction of herself as a spirit medium enabled her to succeed in a profession dominated by men, and transformed cultural conceptions about magic and the supernatural.

  3. I Made the Devil Do It: Magic, Agency, and Exorcism in the Testament of Solomon

    Martin Arno, University of Toronto.

    Though 'magic' often connotes non-monotheistic practices, the 1st century Testament of Solomon subverts this construction, since the magician is King Solomon of Israel, who adjures demons to construct the Temple of God. Sol remained a 'safe avenue' for monotheists to satisfy their intrigue with magic and engage with the divine.

6-14 -

Poetry and Poetics III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Susan McCabe, University of Southern California

  1. Interiority, Selfhood, and Early Modern English Lyric Poetry

    Amber True, Michigan State University.

    While there is little debate about the existence of lyric poetry in the early modern period, there is ongoing argument regarding lyric poetry’s access to any kind of interiority – specifically that interiority as a concept did not exist during this time period. My paper argues that early modern lyric poetry does, in fact, access a particular kind of interiority, although perhaps with a differing definition from current lyric poetry.

  2. Greek Poetry between Myth, Fiction, and Drama: Bacchylides 18

    Kevin Batton, Independent Scholar.

    In this paper, I propose a reading of the earliest surviving non-tragic dramatic poem in Greek in order to understand the function and aesthetic effect of visual detail in the narration of myth. I conclude that it is out of the self-authorizing autonomy of the fictive world enabled by the dramatic form that the heroic tradition can be reinvigorated by the lyrical subjective perspective.

  3. The Keys to Flamenco

    Catherine Theis, University of Southern California.

    My intention is to investigate the dynamic relationships between folk song, poetry and community as it relates to suffering and lamentation. I will consider the ways in which the art of flamenco inspires and informs grief, and why such lamentation is a vital and necessary force in the structural integrity of a community. Why are so many modern-day listeners drawn to an art form originally defined by strict ethnic boundaries that excluded them?

6-15 -

Science Fiction II: Aliens, Cyborgs, and Other Gendered Bodies

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside

  1. Mad Dog Astronauts: Reimagining Animal Sacrifice in "Space Doggity"

    Stina Attebery, "University of California, Riverside".

    "Space Doggity" counters Laika's memorialization as a “sacrifice” for science by reimagining her as a "mad astronaut," a SF figure whose insanity and rejection of the space program directly counters the impulse to treat astronauts as celebrities or sacrifices. 

  2. Dogs, Sheep, and Cyborgs: Post(human) Animal Bodies

    Holly Batty, "California State University, Northridge".

    Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, creators of the grapic novel We3, Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and Michael Bulgakov in Heart of a Dog all draw upon a posthuman paradigm; the image of a cyborg shatters the binary between the bodies of human and nonhuman animals. 

  3. Professors' Daughters and Inhuman Women: Gender and Science Fiction During World War II

    Jennifer Kavetsky, University of California, Riverside.

    A watershed moment in numerous socio-historical narratives, World War II saw the U.S. emerge as both a world power and as a leader in scientific developments. I consider how women were portrayed in science fiction during the war as a way to understand changing understandings of gender roles and behaviors.

  4. Rescued by Aliens: Marriage and Kinship in Kurt Vonnegut’s Speculative Novels

    Shiela Pardee, Independent Scholar.

    Rescued by Aliens: Marriage and Kinship in Kurt Vonnegut’s Speculative Novels will focus on an aspect of Vonnegut’s anthropological study that has not been explored: his transformation of disciplinary theories of marriage and kinship, including emergent anthropological structuralism, into satire on extremes of endogamy and exogamy and varieties of artificial kinship.

6-16 -

Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University

  1. Will the Real Sor Juana Please Stand Up?

    Elisa Cogbill-Seiders, "University of Nevada, Las Vegas".

    This paper explores the ways translation theory sheds light on the ways Sor Juana’s name, history, and persona were appropriated by contemporaneous artists, to the degree of obscuring the “real” Sor Juana in favor the of an invented one. 

  2. Héroes, villanos y crisis: nuevas tendencias en el cine biográfico y el “bioepic” mexicano

    Jorge Galindo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Hablaré del resurgimiento del cine biográfico y el “bioepic’’ en el cine mexicano reciente, los cuales presentan tres tendencias principales: una revaluación de ambos géneros en el cine nacional, una desmitificación de la historia nacional y un intento de reflejar la crisis y violencia actual en una época pasada. Analizaré como un grupo de películas recientes presentan estas tendencias. 

  3. Dialogismo, género literario y memoria colectiva en La noche de Tlatelolco de Elena Poniatowska

    Macarena Garcia-Avello, University of Maryland, College Park.

    Esta preentación analiza el dialogismo que se establece entre distintos elementos del libro de Poniatowska, así como la repercusión que tiene en la proyección de un género híbrido vinculado a la representación de la memoria colectiva mexicana. Tal como se expondrá, el dialogismo impregna las diferentes capas que componen el texto, siendo identificable tanto si se lee como ficción, como crónica o como testimonio. Es más, el dialogismo crea una tensión entre géneros que demostrará ser muy fructífera. 

6-17 -

Teaching with the Internet and Technology

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Michelle Stonis, California State University, Long Beach and Glendale Community College

  1. Online Learning Environments: Ideologies and Multiple Stories

    Sibylle Gruber, Northern Arizona University.

    In this presentation, I use Chimamanda Adichie’s concept of the “single story” to address the need for paying close attention to student stories in an online class environment. 

  2. Darkly Scanning A Scanner Darkly: “Philip K. Dick in the OC” and Teaching Digital Literary Studies

    David Sandner, California State University, Fullerton.

    This presentation explores the implications of a real-world example of using technology to teach literary studies: a collaborative assignment to create a website devoted to author Philip K. Dick’s ten-year association with California State University, Fullerton, and to his papers in our library’s Special Collections, using maps, digital archives, interviews and original research.

  3. It's 2 a.m. Finish Your Own Paper: Writing, Technology, and the Comprehensive Website

    Nancy Barron, Northern Arizona University.

    Interns with the Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP) at Northern Arizona University join teams of problem-solvers and designers who evaluate student and faculty needs, then design possible projects that include an online segment for independent student work with writing, research, design, and presentation skills. 

6-18 -

Topics in Tudor-Stuart Literature

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Timothy Ponce, University of North Texas

  1. Christopher Marlowe's Sources: Historiography and Edward II

    Kathy Hardman, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines how Marlowe culled details from chronicles of Edward II in order to create a play that focuses on homoeroticism. In doing this, Marlowe was making his own reading of history. Marlowe’s adaptation of his sources and his reading of history speaks to current debates about queer historiography and our obligations to history.

  2. Mistress Quickly, Englishness, and the Rising Influence of Popular Culture

    Anthony Buenning, University of North Texas.

    Mistress Quickly represents the emerging influence of popular audiences, and her appearances in Merry Wives and the Henry IV plays reflect a subtle shift in power away from the aristocratic culture to popular culture. 

  3. John Webster: Posthumous Honorary Absurdist 

    Mariam Galarrita, UC Riverside.

    When Martin Esslin set out to map the origins of Absurd Theater, he briefly mentioned Jacobean dramatist John Webster antecedent. This paper seeks to develop Webster as an antecedent by exploring the grotesque elements in his tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, and link him to Eugene Ionesco’s Absurd style.

  4. "The East Is Not More Beauteous than His Service": Beauty, Agency, and Moral Labyrinths in The Changeling

    Anthony Cole Jeffrey, University of North Texas.

    This paper seeks to resolve the conflict between New Historicist and feminist interpretations of The Changeling by demonstrating that the play’s representation of women is actually part of a larger theological discourse on the moral depravity of both men and women.


6-19 -

Webcomics: An Emergent Canon

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Christopher Kuipers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  1. From Publishers to Pageviews: The New Cultural Intermediaries of the Webcomics Canon

    Ryan Cadrette, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    This paper draws upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu to examine how webcomics, as a field of cultural production, have given rise to a new vanguard of cultural intermediaries. Industry awards for achievement in webcomics creation are examined to interrogate where and how criteria for the evaluation of webcomics are formed, and who these new cultural intermediaries may be.

  2. Not Just a Game: A Defense of Gaming's Place in the Webcomics Canon

    Gabriel Romaguera, University of Rhode Island.

    Popular webcomics typically cater to an intellectual, tech-savvy, nerdy readership. These texts often follow social norms of gaming and gamer culture, from the "two gamers on a couch" gag strips made popular by Penny Arcade to the D&D parody-turned-epic-fantasy of Order of the Stick. The social experience of gaming makes such webcomics relatable, and the classic core rules of RPG's help establish cohesive worlds and a stable base for storytelling.

  3. Observations on the Canon of Webcomics: An Initial Distant Reading

    Christopher Kuipers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    As an "emergent canon," webcomics have evolved with affiliations among several other literary and artistic corpora, including newspaper strips, serial comicbooks, graphic novels, and electronic literature. This paper will probe the current broad dimensions of the webcomics canon, which, in comparison to its antecedents, appears writerly, feminist, niche-oriented, hyper-immersive, and ephemeral. Particularly revealing of the canon are the ways vanguard webcomics have been monetized and remediated.

6-20 -

Women and Film II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Andrew Harrington, Pepperdine University

  1. Teaching the Female Auteur: A Case Study of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford 

    Leslie Kreiner, Pepperdine University.

    In this presentation, I will argue that instructors must focus on the female auteur on syllabi, in course topics, and in class discussion in order to provide role models and thus bolster the confidence of female students. 

  2. The Irreconcilability of Motherhood and State: Women and Lovemaking in Two International Films

    Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success.

    Blue is the Warmest Color (France 2013) and Fire (India and Canada) 1996 are what I call implied narratives about motherhood. This paper explores how, in the scenes of lovemaking and relationships the women in both films forge, the filmmakers expose the very constraints that will potentially limit and haunt women as mothers as well as the “something new, something powerful” that the groundbreaking sexual scenes enact.

  3. The Girl in the Boys’ Club: Elaine May’s Seriocomic Vision

    Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University.

    This paper examines the comedic nature of the three films that Elaine May, one of the few women to write and direct a film for a major Hollywood studio in the first seven decades of American film, both wrote and directed. Her films problematize the notion of what comprises comedy, especially in depicting relationships among men and women.

6-21 -

Women in French II: La prostitution

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Sonia Assa, "SUNY College, Old Westbury"

  1. Was Madame de Staël a harlot?

    Vittoria Mollo, Scripps College.

    The public endowed Mme de Staël with endless sexual vices. Was this a disinformation campaign against a woman who dared to think, write, and stand up to Napoleon? Or was she indeed a narcissistic hussy who devoured, used, and enslaved men through her magnetic wit? We will examine this question in light of her life and her novel Corinne.

  2. Putes, courtisanes et femmes du monde chez Proust

    France Lemoine, Scripps College.

    Cette présentation examinera la construction de l’identité sociale féminine dans la Recherche de Marcel Proust au travers de la sexualité, réputation, langage et style d’un quatuor de femmes dont deux ont construit leur carrière grâce au sexe, une par la protection d’artistes et la dernière par le chic; nommément, Rachel, Odette de Crécy, Mme Verdurin et la duchesse de Guermantes.

  3. Plaisirs, Profits et Pertes

    Maria G. Traub, Neumann University.

    En prenant Le deuxieme sexe de Simone de Beauvoir comme point de départ, on va considérer deux romans, le premier, Le chatiment des hypocrites par Leila Marouane et Baise-moi par Virginie Despentes. La prostitution, le prix à àpayer par celles qui sont obligés à gagner leur vie "hors la loi," seront examinés. Le profit à gagner vis-a-vis le prix à payer - les auteures font un appel à la reconnaissance de plusieurs conditions.


  4. Eve de ses décombres ou les paradoxes de la prostitution

    Patricia Reynaud, "SFS Qatar, Georgetown University".

    Dans son roman de 2006, Ananda Devi revient sur le thème de la prostitution qu’elle avait déjà abordé. Mais, dans ce récit post-moderne défiant les constructions androcentriques, la prostitution saurait-elle devenir un outil, un acte de résistance permettant à une adolescente, Eve, de s’insurger contre les cadres rigides qui définissent et soumettent les femmes ? Nous analyserons cette problématique. Le prix à payer pour cette transgression sera lourd mais Eve l’assumera.


Plenary Address and Luncheon

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm (RCC Ballroom A/B)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Bram Stoker: The Final Curtain

    David J. Skal, Film and Horror Historian.

    Film Historian David J. Skal delivers a talk based on his forthcoming book, Bram Stoker: The Final Curtain, a cultural biography of Bram Stoker (Liveright, 2015). Skal is the author of critically acclaimed books on the horror genre in literature and popular culture, including Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen and The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror. With Nina Auerbach, he is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Dracula.

7-01 -

A Conversation with Marjorie Perloff

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside

  1. Remarks: The Fascination of What's Difficult

    Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University and University of Southern California.

    Marjorie Perloff, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society Fellow and former MLA President, has publications including The Poetic Art of Robert Lowell (1973);  The Poetics of Indeterminacy (1981); The Dance of the Intellect (1985); The Futurist Moment (1986); Wittgenstein's Ladder (1996); Poetry On and Off the Page (1998); 21st Century Modernism (2002); and Unoriginal Genius (2012).

  2. Discussant

    Susan McCabe, University of Southern California.

    Susan McCabe, USC Professor of English, has published: two critical books, Elizabeth Bishop: Her Poetics of Loss (1994) and Cinematic Modernism: Modern Poetry and Film (2005); two poetry books, Swirl (2003) and Descartes’ Nightmare (2008, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize); and many essays and introductions. She is past President of the Modernist Studies Association, held a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2011, and is currently completing a literary biography, H.D. and Bryher: A Modernist Love Story.

  3. Discussant

    Brian Reed, University of Washington.

    Brian Reed is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the author of three books, Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013). A new book--A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary Poetry--is forthcoming in 2015.

7-02 -

A Walking Tour of Historic Riverside (Saturday)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Lower Concourse)
Chair: Steve Lech, Riverside Historical Society

  1. Historic Riverside: Back in the Day

    Steve Lech, Riverside Historical Society.

    This walking tour (please wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a brisk pace) will be conducted by Steve Lech, President of the Riverside Historical Society and native Riversider, who has written 8 books on various Riverside County history topics, including Along the Old Roads – A History of the Portion of Southern California That Became Riverside County, 1772-1893, considered to be the definitive history of Riverside County.

7-03 -

Beowulf and Related Topics

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College

  1. “Erta” on the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket and a Familiar Giant in My Landscape

    Marijane Osborn, University of California, Davis.

    The eighth-century carved whalebone box called the Franks Casket contains a coded runic reference to a being named Erta (or Yerta) in an inscription framing an intriguing series of picture. This paper explores the possibility that this Erta figure may bear some correspondence to the cave-giant Yorda inhabiting the Yorkshire landscape where we lived. The names appear cognate (see proposal) and Yorda’s role as local cave-monster may be a debased form of Erta’s role as guardian of the entrance to the Other World.

  2. Beowulf beside the Thames? An Estate Boundary Description as Evidence for the Influence of Old English Heroic Poetry upon Late Anglo-Saxon Prose Writers

    Robert Briggs, University of Nottingham (UK).

    This paper seeks to highlight and explain the lexical and thematic connections between works of Old English heroic poetry, notably Beowulf, and a Late Anglo-Saxon estate boundary description for Battersea in what is now south-west London, suggesting authors of such "functional" prose not only had knowledge of such verse, but actively sought to emulate it in their own use of language.

  3. Selma as the New Woman in Beowulf

    Brett Diaz, California State University, San Bernardino.

    This paper understands Beowulf as a work of adaptation, and subsequent uses of the work as forms of appropriation.  The paper seeks to interpret the role and depictions of Selma, a new character introduced by Sturla Gunnarsson's 2005 film, within the Beowulf universe compared to other females in previous iterations.

7-04 -

Christianity and Literature I: American Literature Read through a Christian Lens

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. Grace in the Maelstrom: Calvinism in Moby-Dick

    Robert Sapunarich, California Baptist University.

    Although the theological overtones of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick have been studied by many scholars, the Calvinistic elements of the novel, particularly as they relate to divine grace, have been either misunderstood or neglected. An analysis of Melville's biblical allusions and sources will yield a portrayal of divine action in the novel that is simultaneously fearsome and gracious.

  2. The Christ-Haunted Classroom: Flannery O'Connor, Faith, and Pedagogy

    Laura J. Veltman, California Baptist University.

    This paper analyzes several Flannery O'Connor short stories and essays, exploring how to address matters of faith, particularly in regards to Christianity, within the college literature classroom. Given that O'Connor's work has been variously derided as too Christian or not Christian enough, it offers a useful medium for discussing how to engage critically with faith in the literature class, especially when readers have divergent religious beliefs and expectations for how faith should inform the study of literature.

  3. From in between the Mountaintops: A Look at Langston Hughes’ “Christ In Alabama”

    Tara Anderson, California Baptist University.

    Hughes’ selectivity of vocabulary and thought transported his poems through time to become the voice of the Harlem Renaissance. His look at the duality of the Christ family, father, mother, and son, may be controversial, but it reflects the views of change that needed to happen. Hughes parallels the lives of the former slave culture with the Holy family so as to explore African Americans' identity crisis. The ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois and his theory of double consciousness will be utilized to examine the context of Hughes’ work.

7-05 -

Comics and Graphic Narratives I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University

  1. "We Cannot Draw Closed The Net In Which We Stand": Re-examining Net-Worked Spaces in Masamune Shirow's Ghost In The Shell

    David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland).

    Ghost in the Shell is both a narrative and aesthetic artifact that senses the shifting of epochs. Reflexively through the medium of the manga, Shirow's text reveals the splitting and rupturing moment of the end of master narratives including modernism, capitalism, and totality.

  2. In the Gutter: Graphic Memoir and Psychological Self-Exposure


    Tanya Heflin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    In this essay, I explore graphic memoir’s potentiality for narrative and psychological depth via close readings of two recent publications: Ellen Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

  3. Racist Identification in Mickey Mouse: Hauntology as Social Imaginary

    Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine.

    Disney’s Mickey Mouse Sails to Treasure Island (1932) posits uncanny foundations for the American social imaginary, which it explores.  Along with other comic fantasies of the period, the Mouse develops a racist theory of hauntology that sees identification and projection as constructive forces in America. 


  4. Zonked for Pussey: Daniel Clowes Makes a Doodle for Gen X Rage

    Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside.

    In his Pop Tart ruminations and withering, but affectionate, satire of the comic book industry in the 1990s, Daniel Clowes continues with the tradition and angst that Generation X felt toward Corporate America.  His graphic novel Dan Pussey (Poo-say) (from his Eightball series) works to create a maddening and spiked satire of the comic book industry.

7-06 -

Comparative Literature I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Paulina M. Gonzales, University of California, San Diego

  1. An Inquiry into the Object of Comparative Literature

    Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu.

    This paper inquires about the object of Comparative Literature, asking the fundamental questions, “what is the literary object?” and “what is literature?”  We tend to define literature as what it is not, using a tacit and inevitable allegorical structure.  We should not let these appearances take the place of the literary object.

  2. The Problem with Morality: Nietzsche, Yeats, McCarthy, and the Primal Nature

    Stephan Almendinger, California State University, Northridge.

    This paper examines confrontations of morality and human nature in Friedrich Nietzsche’s superman, the rough beast of W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” and the alabaster creature in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Each author concludes that subservience to morality and fear of consequence fail to overcome primal, evil natures; to do so, humanity must face its natures with honesty and endure with ardent responsibility.

  3. Cézanne and Stevens: The Importance of an Individual Experience in Modern Art

    Emily Marsh, California State University, Los Angeles.

    By highlighting the importance of the individual, both artists illustrate that the philosophies of Modernism have an inherent demand for autonomy. In order for a piece of art to be considered modern, the piece must start from within.       

  4. Music as the Soundtrack of Postmodernity

    Kristina Rose Varade, Borough of Manhattan Community College.

    I seek to examine the relationship between music and Postmodernity as depicted in contemporary Italian and Irish fiction. In examining Melania Mazzucco's Un giorno perfetto and Patrick McCabe's The Holy City through a postmodern critical lens, I will demonstrate how music acts as a fragment that both functions within, and contributes to, the ever changing pastiche of contemporary literature.

7-07 -

East-West Literary Relations

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside

  1. “Bengali Christian,” “English lady” or “Une Amie de la France”?: Language Politics, Religion and Transnational Networks in Toru Dutt’s Le Journal de Mlle d’Arvers

    Kristen Waha, University of California, Davis.

    This paper examines Toru Dutt’s under-studied French novel, Le Journal de Mlle d’Arvers (1878) as a work which mediates between Catholic and Protestant notions of female piety and intervenes in controversies on child marriage in India. The reception of Dutt’s novel in the British and French periodical press also demonstrates the ways in which English and French languages and nationalist identities vied for dominance in colonial cultural contexts.

  2. Elusive Interventions in Vietnamese Canadian Fiction

    Lise-Helene Smith , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Bach Mai’s Of Ivory and Opium stages the filming of the opium caravan in the golden triangle to question the role of a Vietnamese Canadian journalist whose mixed-race heritage thematizes the contentious relationship between East and West. Of Ivory asks whether global capitalism can dictate the erasure of the self grounded in an absent Việt Nam and in ghostly memories of the lost Vietnamese mother.

  3. From the Samurais to Gauchos: Love, Honor and Homeland

    Teresa Rinaldi, National University.

    In 1908, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil. In this moment, this group accustomed to a single race in their home country faced a multiracial society. They  confronted a multi-ethnic reality with differences of all kinds. For the first time, they had to rethink their sense of identity and belonging. 

7-08 -

Ecocriticism I (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia

  1. Agency: A Glance at Those With and Without in David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas

    Rebecca Garcia, California State University, San Bernardino.

    In this paper I apply Joanna Zylinska’s essay “Bioethics” as a framework on ethical treatment of non-human beings to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, in order to explore what constitutes agency and to consider the effects humans have on their environment in both the novel and in the real world.

  2. Critical Environments: Ecocriticism and Representations of Crisis in Contemporary Fiction

    Deborah Lilley, Royal Holloway University of London.

    This paper examines the ways in which questions of sight and receptivity are raised in response to environmental crisis in contemporary ecocriticism, analysing several theoretical approaches to its representation and interpretation with reference to the treatment of these themes in recent British and American fiction.

  3. Drag Queens and Mother Earth: A Look at “Natural” Gender and Sexuality


    Alejandro G. Rubio, California State University, Long Beach.

    Although ecocriticism enables critics to examine the ways in which literature conceptualizes the natural world, ecocritical research still overlooks the significant presence of sexuality and gender within nature. Thus, this paper will demonstrate how queer ecology allows critics to examine the ways in which literature genders nature and imposes heteronormative notions of sexuality onto those gendered forms.

  4. “What is Commonly Called Inanimate Nature”: Vitalism and the Convergence of Human and Natural Forces in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Valperga

    Meghan Sterling, University of Northern British Columbia.

    This paper will examine Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Valperga within the context of Romantic vitalism. I will suggest that the vitality debates elicited questions regarding the extent to which the individual could be conceptualized as self-contained and that Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel examines the tensions these questions elicited regarding the boundaries between human and nature. 

7-09 -

Film and Literature II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Mari-Eve Monette, McGill University

  1. The Inscription of Religious Extremism in Film and Literature: The Case of Ceddo and The Belly of the Atlantic

    Joseph Dieme, Humboldt State University.

    I will look at how, since the 1960s, film and literature have been contributing to raising awareness about religious extremism and suggesting ways to eradicate it.

  2. "The Bloodless Spirits Wept": Orpheus's Perpetual Love through Literature and Film

    Brenda Tyrrell, Iowa State University.

    This paper explores Ovid’s tale of Orpheus and Eurydice and the 1959 film Orfeu Negro and focuses on Marcel Camus’s directorial choices in regards to the appearance of the character Hermes and the specific musical choices he employs that allow for the timelessness of Ovid’s myth to continue.

  3. "The Images Are Merely Pretty": Deconstructing the Façade in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

    S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington.

    I explore the use of imagery and the character's performative behavior in Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel in conjunction with Zweig's text The World of Yesterday.  Through his visual constructions, Anderson transforms the film from an expression of mere nostalgia to an examination of death, decline and sexuality.

  4. “Less of a Spectacle with Unexplained Horrors": The Prosthetic Potential of Cinema in Hemingway’s Post-WWI Fiction

    Eddie Eason, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper argues that Ernest Hemingway depicts the continuity of wartime into the presumed peace of the 1920s through cinematic aesthetics in In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises. In Hemingway’s Post-WWI fiction, the cinematic functions as a prosthetic, enabling readers to reconcile the shock of wartime with the spectacle of peace even when Hemingway’s alienated expatriate protagonists cannot. 

7-10 -

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Marriott Orangecrest)
Chair: Anna Hiller, Idaho State University

  1. Space and Wellness in Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters

    Belinda Peterson, Lehigh University.

    This paper advances the question of agency in Toni Cade Bambara’s depiction of wellness in relation to urban and rural landscapes in The Salt Eaters. Bambara’s situates her main character, Velma at the intersection of western allopathic medicine and alternative healing practices in order to fully engage the question of agency beyond the tethers of western medical constructions of illness/wellness.

  2. 2714 Marsh Street is Everywhere: Demonic Spaces in Thomas McGrath’s Poetry

    Andrew Lyndon Knighton, California State University, Los Angeles.

    This project challenges critical accounts of Thomas McGrath as chiefly a Midwestern regionalist poet, and argues that his work, informed by the intensity of his experiences in a 1950s Los Angeles he described as “demonic,” must be understood as reconfiguring boundaries between the local and global, and the personal and political.

  3. Art and Altered Spaces: Amy Waldman's The Submission and Identity

    Karen Heinemann, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

    Amy Waldman’s novel The Submission tackles questions of identity and space through the use of a memorial. Because trauma is a fracturing event, the characters must rebuild their understanding of themselves as well as their fractured landscape. I would argue that all of the people within the novel have been personally affected by the terrorist , thus altering their personal identities as well as their sense of national identity. Additionally, questions of sacred spaces are considered. 

7-11 -

Italian II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Loredana Di Martino, University of San Diego

  1. Sexual Healing: Desire and the Female Voice in Renaissance Epic

    Allison Collins, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper explores scenes of women healers in Renaissance Epic, examining the relationship between healing, desire, and language. Looking at the Orlando Furioso and the Gerusalemme Liberata, we see an increase in anxiety about female power and in the narrator’s attempts to censor and censure their heroines.

  2. Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Le Vergini Delle Rocce and Il Fuoco: Mother Italy and the Female Role in the fin-de-siècle Italian Nationalism.

    Michela Barisonzi, Monash University.

    This study proposes a re-evaluation of the agency given by D’Annunzio to the female protagonists of Le Vergini delle Rocce and Il Fuoco, suggesting a revised woman’s role in the re-establishment of Italy’s greatness at the turn of the century.

  3. The Poetics of Seizure: Time and Trajectory in Petrarch’s Letter to Cabassoles and "I’vo pensando”

    Alani Hicks-Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley.

    This paper analyses Petrarch’s profound engagement with questions of temporality and trajectory. Though present throughout his oeuvre, Petrarch’s temporal and spatial concerns are most evident in his often overlooked letter to Philipe de Cabassoles and his poem “I’vo pensando,” both of which deal obsessively with “retrospection,” commemoration, and death.

7-12 -

Jewish Literature and Culture I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Laurence Dumortier, UC Riverside

  1. The Immigrant's Guide to Americanization: Abraham Cahan and A Bintel Brief

    Joyce Moser, Stanford University.

    The Daily Forward, edited from 1903 to 1946 by Abraham Cahan, had an advice column for immigrants, A Bintel Brief. A combination of open forum, behavioral advice, cultural anthropology, encouragement, and acerbic commentary, it simultaneously validated the trauma of immingration and forefronted the transition to a new culture.

  2. The Ultimate Enabler: Sara Smolinsky in Anzia Yekierska’s Bread Givers

    Caitlin Simmons, San Diego State University.

    This paper seeks to view failed assimilation through the lens of addiction. It asserts that Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers ends on a definitively sad note where a successful assimilation is thwarted by a daughter's reaching out to her father just before he hits a necessary "rock bottom."

  3. The Jewish Identity of the Catholic Priest Lorenzo Da Ponte: The Return of the Repressed in the Opera Così fan tutte

    Enrico Orsingher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.


    Focusing our attention on the extraordinary story of a man who lived between two ages - the European Old Regime and the American nineteenth century - this paper wants to analyze the weight of the Jewish identity and the forced conversion in Lorenzo Da Ponte's human and intellectual trajectory.


7-13 -

Liminality in American Literature I: Changing Borders

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Stephanie Kay, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. The Queer Potential between Two Worlds: Reading the In-Between as a Decolonial Space

    Alicia Cox, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper performs a queer indigenous reading of No Turning Back: A Hopi Indian Woman's Struggle to Live in Two Worlds, which is the as-told-to autobiography of Hopi scholar, educator, and potter, Polingaysi Qoyawayma, who attended Sherman Indian Institute in Riverside, California, from 1906-1909. I argue that Polingaysi occupies the space “between two worlds” as a generative, creative space, not a place of alienation and hopelessness.

  2. Liminality and the Vampire Grotesque in Octavia Butler's Fledgling

    Lin Knutson, Mississippi Valley State University.

    Octavia Bulter's final science fiction novel, Fledgling (2005), explores ways her liminar protagonist, S?hori, undergoes ritualized transformations while in exile from her home community in order to make and unmake psychological, physical, and social transitions through what Victor Turner and Bakhtin would describe as carnivalesque subjectivities and communities.

  3. “Mixed Blood” Hustlers in the Borderlands: The Many Lives of John Rechy

    Nathan Martinez Pogar, University of Southern California.

    John Rechy’s memoir, About My Life and Kept Woman (2008), grants readers a privileged look at the life of a writer whose various slippages across racial, ethnic, class, and sexual identities mark him as occupying multiple liminal spaces.  Rechy passes as white in Jim Crow Texas and as white and straight as a male hustler in urban spaces where his social worlds often exist in tension with each other.

  4. Shifting Boundaries: Two Literary Explorations of the Edges of 1960s America

    L. Maggie Fanning, California Baptist University.

    Reflecting upon the lasting effects of World War II and the ever-present tentions between races, genders, and ideologies, Thomas Pynchon and Saul Bellow both established themseves as unique voices in mid-twentieth-century American literature.  Depictions of the physical boundaries of America in both Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Bellow's Mr. Sammler's Planet suggest a transition in the American consciousness from the limitless frontiers of the early twentieth century to the existential liminality of the 1960s.

7-14 -

Postcolonial Literature

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success

  1. Witnessing Trauma: Violence, Landscape, Memory

    Sarah DeYoreo, Portland State University.

    Looking at Helon Habila’s 2010 novel Oil on Water, a fictional account of the ongoing oil crisis in Nigeria, this paper explores the relationship between legacies of human and geographical violence, trauma, memory, and the role of the journalist as recuperative witness and bearer of testimony. 

  2. Kipling's "The Mark of the Beast":  Cultural Intolerance in British India

    Laura Macarewich, "California State University, Fullerton".

    In this short story, set in nineteenth century British India, a disturbing and violent conflict occurs when a British soldier insults the Hindu religion, challenging the natives to respond according to the Indian proverb: “Your gods and my gods – do you or I know which are the stronger?” 

  3. Another Triangle Trade:  Michelle Cliff, Female Bodies, and [Post]Colonial Discourse

    Robert Kyriakos Smith, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Through readings of her novels Abeng (1984) and No Telephone to Heaven (1987), and essay "Caliban's Daughter" (1991), my presentation finds untenable, and redirects scholarship out of, the unexamined and uncritical preoccupation with mixed-race Jamaican novelist, poet, and essayist Michelle Cliff's body and the fetishization of her light skin.

7-15 -

Science Fiction III: Political Critique in SF

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Stina Attebery, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Revising the Novum:  Temporailty and the Structural Possiblity of Critique in the Alternate History Film

    Joshua Pearson, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper examines difficulties that arise when one uses theories of the SF novum to read Alternate Present texts.  Working from Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.'s theorization of the novum, I seek to close these lacunae, proposing new language that allows the novum paradigm to account for this subgenre's tricky temporailty.

  2. Capitalism, Metabolism, and the Great Descent: Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl

    Colin Drumm, University of California, Riverside.

    Bacigalupi's novel, set in a future characterized by extreme energy scarcity, explores a critical tension at the intersection of political economy and ecology.  A contradiction is laid bare between the dynamics of two mutually inextricable but antagonistic systems, whose fundamental units are 'calories,' on the one hand... and 'surplus-value,' on the other.  

  3. From the Nam-Shub to the Aut, Speaking to Power in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Anathem

    Jon Lewis, Troy University.

    My paper will explore the use of verbal commands in three novels by Neal Stephenson. Coming from his background in computers, Stephenson's characters often employ the language of the "command line" to drive his plots.

  4. Afro-6 and The Revolt of the Cockroach People: Black Power, Chicano Militancy, and the Emergence of Chicano Science Fiction, 1969-

    Daniel Valencia, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper establishes a nexus between modern-day Chicano science fiction and the formative years of Chicano fiction under countercultural ethos and the politically charged Black Power and Chicano Liberation Movements of the long 1960s. It argues that predominant works of contemporary Chicano science fiction were preceded and even influenced by Afro-6 (1969), and The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973), thereby relocating the inception of Chicano science fiction to the period in question.

7-16 -

Shakespeare and Related Topics

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: Eugene Saxe, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. "Enter in a Dumbe Shew": Spectacle and Movement in Hamlet Q1

    Chris Fleischman, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper offers an analysis of how movement is visually, thematically, and materially accentuated in the “bad quarto” of Hamlet from 1603, ultimately to suggest that the quarto is based on a memorial reconstruction adapted for touring performances.

  2. Composite King: Forms of Monarchy in Shakespeare's Richard III

    Katharine Campbell, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    I propose applying understandings of sovereignty, typically discussed in relation to Richard II, to Shakespeare’s Richard III by exploring the various forms of kingship depicted. Through the over determination of Richmond’s success, Richard III advances a union of popular support and divine sanction as the most successful model of kingship.


  3. Outgrowing Petrarchan Performances 

    Victoria White, University of California, Davis.

    This paper investigates the shared performative strategies of Petrarchan lyric and drama by focusing on Shakespearean lovers--especially Romeo and Orlando--who personate the Petrarchan persona as if it isn’t one; as this paper argues, Shakespeare gently mocks their mode of loving as a youthful immaturity which they must outgrow. 


7-17 -

Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Jenni Lehtinen, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

  1. El límite del arte y de la crítica en “El perseguidor,” de Julio Cortázar

    Hector Cavallari, Mills College.

    “El perseguidor,” de Julio Cortázar, es un cuento narrado por un crítico de jazz que trata de captar ciertos aspectos del genio contradictorio y turbulento de un saxofonista negro exiliado en París. Esta ponencia analiza la relación que vincula las figuras del crítico y del artista según diferentes ejes de significación textual, proyectando tales vínculos hacia la problemática de las fronteras del arte, la crítica y la ideología.

  2. Para la posteridad: Heterotopia and Hero(ine) in Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman

    Jorge Sánchez Cruz , University of California, Riverside.

    How may Puig’s deviant text—from its canonical contemporaries and from sexual heteronormativity—be revisited and approached in times of aesthetic and political reconfigurations? Given the prison cell as a heterotopia of deviation and Molina as an uncommon hero(ine) challenging the Aristotelian definition of the tragic hero, this paper proposes how Kiss of the Spider Woman serves as a  foundational literary platform for the development of new imagined spaces, new literary cartographies and new alternative aesthetic imaginaries. 

  3. La mirada ética de Alejandro Jodorowsky: Una lectura de Misterios del tiempo y Después de la guerra

    Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda, California State University, Fullerton.

    Desde de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y como consecuencia de la infrahumana experiencia sufrida en campos de concentración nazis, preside en el pensamiento filosófico una mirada fundamentalmente ética; utilizaré las aportaciones de Emmanuel Lévinas como marco para comprender algunos de los micro relatos de Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929), cuya obra cuenta, incomprensiblemente, con poca fortuna crítica.

7-18 -

The Gothic I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. A Bloody Addiction: Commercialism and Sensationalism in Gothic Chapbooks

    Franz Potter, National University.

    This paper will examine specifically manifestations of sadism, exploitation and violence in three popular Gothic chapbooks.

  2. Ghost Ships and the Gothic Ocean: Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and Marryat's The Phantom Ship

    Ashley Jagodzinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper explores the overlooked genre of Gothic sea fiction and its relationship to nineteenth-century transatlantic anxieties about identity, nationhood, and the past. 

  3. Gothic Uplift in Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy

    Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno.

    Harper’s Iola Leroy deploys a strategy of conspicuous respectability (towards 19th C African American uplift) that depends on her readers’ ability to recognize the hallmarks of a gothic plotline, which she then subverts through the refusal-to-pass trope in order to diffuse the fears surrounding miscegenation.

  4. From Gothic Blackness to Gothic Whiteness

    Nowell Marshall, Rider University.

    This paper argues that Gothic authors from the Victorian period (Bram Stoker) up to the present (Anne Rice, Stephen King, Isaac Marion) have depicted excessively white bodies as monstrous to pathologize a variety of gendered and sexual practices, including female sexuality, religious mania, same-sex attraction to colonial bodies, and alternative family structures.

7-19 -

Travel and Literature I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Christine Chism, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. Virtual Pilgrimage in the Prick of Conscience

    Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna College.

    This paper explores the relationship between vernacular theology and travel writing. I examine the discussion of Holy Land pilgrimage in the Prick of Conscience in relation to the visual iconography of the parish church and poems such as Piers Plowman.

  2. When Teleological Worlds Collide: Ibn Jubayr’s Travels through Tethered Destinies

    Rebecca Hill, University of California, Los Angeles.

    In the context of 12th century Spain, I examine the theological, philosophical, and teleological debates between major figures in Islamic thought, including Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Averreos (Ibn Rushd), Al-Ghazali and Ibn Tufail to provide a framework through which to scrutinize Ibn Jubayr’s 1183-1185 journey to Mecca from his residence in Granada, Spain. 

  3. Pilgrimage of Love: Circulation, Sensibility, and Empire in Sir Walter Scott's Heart of Midlothian

    Ray Crosby, Moreno Valley College.

    Sir Walter Scott’s 1818 novel The Heart of Midlothian chronicles Jeanie Deans’ perilous journey from Edinburgh to London, alone and on foot, to plead before the Queen for the life of her wrongly accused sister. Throughout her journey south, Jeanie becomes a representative of the exoticized and mobile empire within British borders and a figure for the emerging British identity beyond mere Englishness.

7-20 -

Women in French III: Women and/in Islam in the Francophone World

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Patricia Reynaud, "SFS Qatar, Georgetown University"

  1. L''étude intrinsèque ou extrinsèque du musèlement des Maghrébines chez Malika Madi

    Paulette Chandler, University of Southern California.

    Malika Madi, dans Le silence de Médéa, lance un cri d’alarme contre l’abus et le viol des Maghrébines, victimes intrinsèques du musèlement des membres mâles de leur famille et extrinsèques d’une société aveugle à leur encloîtrement. Elle transforme sa plume en diatribe pour rallier les lecteurs contre ces actes de barbarisme perpétrés aux Maghrébines au nom de l’Islam.


  2. Aïcha la série: femmes et l’Islam à la télévision : authenticité, réalisme, originalité, caricatures, allégories, clichés

    Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento.

    Aïcha, réalisé par Yamina Benguigui, met en scène une jeune Française d'origine algérienne et soulève toutes sortes de questions quant à la représentation des femmes et l’Islam à la télévision.   S'agit-il de stéréotypes, personnages types, réalisme mitigé, progrès atrophié  ou un vrai pas en avant?

  3. Amarilla, la révoltée étincelante

    Laurence Denié-Higney, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Dans ‘Rosées de sang’ tirée du roman Comme un bruit d’abeilles, Mohammed Dib examine la guerre civile algérienne des années 90. Il raconte le face-à-face entre une jeune fille et un fondamentaliste islamique. Dib montre le détournement de la religion musulmane, la réification de la femme, mais aussi son courage.

7-21 -

Women in Literature I

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Beatrice Ganim, Mt. San Jacinto College

  1. You Can't Learn How to Be an "Angry Mermaid"-- But You Can Try

    Ashina Sipiora, Washington State University.

    Becoming a supernatural woman enables the femme fatale to reject societal norms and hierarchies. This is what Lucy Audley does, in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s novel Lady Audley’s Secrets. Lucy is sometimes referred to as an “angry mermaid” by critics like Pamela Gilbert, but Phoebe Marks, her ostensibly dutiful lady maid, is ignored. In my paper, I discuss Phoebe’s progression, attempt and failure at becoming the destructive fatal woman that she envies, unable as she is to fully dehumaize herself.

  2. ‘Mincing as she walks’: Fallen Women and the (Biblical) Language of Materialism in East Lynne

    Mary Powell, Claremont Graduate University.

    In her popular “sensation” novel East Lynne, Ellen Wood enlists Biblical language to highlight the materialism and thus the egregious nature of the fallen Afy’s sins in contrast to the more virtuous and sympathetic though fallen Lady Isabel.  However, in locating Afy’s fallenness in her materialism, Wood exposes her own interests in material culture to similar interpretations thus entangling herself in, rather than distinguishing herself from her fallen women’s sins.

  3. Luisa y los espejos: Working out the Palimpsest

    Lauren Applegate, San Diego State University.

    This paper analyzes Marta Robles’ novel Luisa y los espejos (2013), which uses ghosts, memory, and the concept of the palimpsest as narrative devices to criticize modern Spanish gender roles in a purportedly postfeminist society. Nevertheless I argue that the text contains problematic elements of gender essentialism and neglects class differences in the access to freedom to create onself.

  4. Aesthetic Violence: Verisimilitude and the Unnarratable in the Realist Novel

    Pamela Grieman, Los Angeles City College.

    This paper investigates the ways in which narrative limits the representation of female political violence in realist novels. It argues that Todorov’s concept of verisimilitude functions as a universalizing force in realist literature, reframing the actions of radical women within normative gendered conventions, rendering female political violence unnarratable.

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Young Adult Literature

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Shanna Shadoan, Denver Public Library

  1. Beyond Stereotyping, Essentialism, and Tourism: A New Paradigm for American Ethnic YA Literature

    Michelle Pagni Stewart, Mt. San Jacinto College.

    This paper defines three "generations" of ethnic Young Adult literature, demonstrating the distinction among the generations of Asian American, American Indian, and Latina/o literature, providing a new optic with which to view ethnic literary texts so that previously repressed narratives can reclaim the signifiers of their ethnicities and deconstruct notions of what it means to be an ethnic YA narrative.

  2. Bacillus Lupis: The Gentic Evolution of The Virals

    Terry Spaise, University of California, Riverside.

    The Virals series by Kathy and Brendon Reichs is a combination of young adult literature, mystery and science fiction.  The authors follow the traditional landmarks of the first genre while creating complicated mysteries they solve as a group and overlay this with a dose of genetic engineering and evolution.

  3. Delineating Individual and State in Young Adult Literature About War

    Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton.

    This paper analyzes Yoko Kawashima Watkins’s So Far From the Bamboo Grove as a problematic young adult novel that misrepresents Japanese imperialism, reinforcing an innacurate historical narrative, while it nonetheless gives voice to an individual’s memories. This paper argues that the novel points to how oppressors are homogenized as a monolithic body aligned with the state, while victims are individualized as the only ones who can bear witness to wartime trauma.

  4. Two Sets of Memories, One Body: The Inherent Temporal Duality in Author-Response Theory within Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock

    Amber Hancock, California State University, Fullerton.

    This paper examine the temporal impact of intertextuality, author-character relationships, and magical realism in Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock.  This symbolic tale focuses not only upon the author figure but also more significantly on the memorial temporality of consciousness found within creative writing. 

8-01 -

Chaucer and Related Topics

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Schuyler Eastin, UC Riverside

  1. So Chaucer Wrote Gamelyn...Now What?: Tracing Gamelyn's Origin and Order Within The Canterbury Tales

    Christene D'Anca, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    The Tale of Gamelyn is the black sheep of the Canterbury Tales. Few have spent more time on it past dubbing it “un-Chaucerian” and making various arguments against its authorship. Here I wish to argue not only Gamelyn’s authorship, but its origin and correct place within the tale order of the Canterbury Tales

  2. Chaucer’s Trickster Figures

    Wallace Cleaves, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper explores the liminal role of the final group of pilgrims presented in the “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales and analyzes their socially disruptive roles in the larger work.  Specifically, these characters are considered as trickster figures of much the same kind as are found in the traditions of Native American and other indigenous societies.

  3. Chaucer’s Idea of History in the Book of the Duchess

    Gillian Adler, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper explores how Chaucer theorizes about the productive and traumatic capacities of history in the Book of the Duchess through different representations of the past. Mobilizing the ideas of Foucault and Nietzsche, I reevaluate the elegiac function of the Book by arguing that Chaucer warns of the danger of constructing the present through a longing nostalgia for what is lost and past, and manipulates the Boethian model of consolation to new ends.

8-02 -

Christianity and Literature II: Religious References and Young Readers

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: L. Maggie Fanning, California Baptist University

  1. Saints' Names & Sacrifice: The Persistence of Religion in Ender's Game

    Erika Travis, California Baptist University.

    In the future Card envisions in Ender's Game, religion has been suppressed and devalued by dominant society; however, its lingering presence haunts the main character, Andrew. His parents' mild assertions of religious heritage, including his and his siblings' names, his own self-naming, and the sacred moment he shares with a friend all acknowledge the power of religion. These moments culminate in process of repentance, forgiveness, and revival that end the novel.


  2. Faith and Identity in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints

    Sharon Tang-Quan, Independent Scholar.

    My paper examines the representation of Christianity in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints (2013). Yang explores the 1898-1901 Boxer Rebellion through two adolescent protagonists. These graphic novels put pressure on notions of identity, faith, and nationhood.

  3. “Be Some Other Name”:  Naming and Supernatural Intervention in Gene Lien Yang’s American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints

    David Isaacs, California Baptist University.

    In Gene Lien Yang’s graphic novels, the act of naming takes on supernatural dimensions. Characters in American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints either receive or choose a new name, allowing them to establish a new identity in a culturally confused situation.

8-03 -

Comics and Graphic Narratives II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College

  1. Pulled in the Space Between: Trauma, Affect, and Narrative in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

    Alissa Bourbonnais, University of Washington.

    The transitory form of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home contributes directly to readerly empathy. By focusing on the space between text and image, affect theory affords a way to bridge the relationship between form and content with the visceral experience of trauma, and a metacognitve creation of multidimensional storyworlds. 

  2. The Graphic Space: Prosthetic (Re)Memories and Comic War

    Amila Becirbegovic, University of California, Davis.

    Photography is one of the greatest weapons used to express our cruel way of seeing  and links the role of images with the narrations of atrocities. But what does war representation look like when it takes on another form, even further removed from photography? This paper aims to explore the representational (re)memory of the Holocaust via graphic narratives and illustrations. 


8-04 -

Ecocriticism II (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Ted Geier, University of California, Davis

  1. Engaging Chinese Traditional Thought to Address the Present: Hua Hai's Ecopoetic Interventions

    Geraldine Fiss, University of Southern California.

    This paper explores the ways in which the contemporary movement of Chinese ecopoetry intersects with Western ecocritical thought as well as classical Chinese aesthetics. A key figure of Chinese ecopoetry today, Hua Hai and other poets respond to and problematize classical Chinese thought about the relationship between nature and man.  

  2. The Toxic and the Sublime in W.G. Sebald’s After Nature

    Doris McGonagill, Utah State University.

    Sebald’s text resonates with multiple intellectual traditions (pre-Socratic philosophy, the Stoics’ secundum naturam, artistic representation aiming for exact mimesis et al.)  It can also be read as a depiction of nature that is already “post-natural,” an apocalyptic world in which the devastating imprint of human civilization has destroyed nature.

  3. Empowering Environmentalism by Rethinking the Debt Economy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability

    Ron Milland, Independent Scholar.

    This paper will briefly outline the means by which the fields of sustainability, and more largely environmentalism, have been hindered and even marginalized by the world financial system.  An ecocritical approach can prove helpfully informative in the arenas of scholarship and activism - particularly through the use of interdisciplinary analysis.

  4. The Eternal Spirit of Paris’ Long Lost River: La Bièvre in J.K. Huysmans’ poetry

    Claire Nettleton, Pomona College.

    This paper will examine J.K. Huysmans’ poetic depiction of Paris’ forgotten Bièvre River, which is now polluted and buried underground.  I will argue that in “La Rive Gauche” (1874), the Bièvre is akin to the poet flaneur who traces the nineteenth century flight from the countryside to the gritty city center.


8-05 -

Italian III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside

  1. I burattini di Massimo Bontempelli

    Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University.

    The paper aims to explain the function of the idea of the puppet in early Twentieth century Italian literature through the case study of Massimo Bontempelli's (1878-1960) work.

  2. La Razza Macchiata: Anti-Semitic Fascist Propaganda during the Interwar Years

    Tatiana Zavodny, University of California, San Diego.

    I analyze Italian magazines, newspapers and fumetti during the 1930s to argue that the fascist regime employed a colonial rhetoric to discriminate against Jewish citizens. Incorporating critical race theory and Kristevan semiotic theory, I illustrate how these mediums highlighted perceived biological differences to mark the Jewish race as subaltern, thus creating an imagined Jewish identity as the abject of Italian society. 

  3. Identità e giustizia: Borges e Buddismo nei testi di Leonardo Sciascia

    Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach.

    Nel mio saggio analizzo la base filosofico-letteraria del concetto di giustizia in Leonardo Sciascia attraverso la presenza, nella narrativa sciasciana, della filosofia di  Arthur Schopenhuaer e del  buddismo. Queste filosofie negano la presenza di un’identità personale, e ciò crea una problematica concezione della giustizia, giacché criminale e vittima si confondono.  La paradossale conclusione che la punizione sia inutile è il centro della mia investigazione.

  4. Letteratura e sopravvivenza: Literature as Survival in Antonio Scurati

    Loredana Di Martino, University of San Diego.

    This presentation will examine Antonio Scurati’s theory about the importance of literature in the age of inexperience as a mechanism to combat derealization and ethical disengagement, and foster survival. 

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Jewish Literature and Culture II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Laurence Dumortier, UC Riverside

  1. Shopping for Authentic Whiteness: Vera Caspary’s The White Girl and Jewish-American Identity 

    Clare Rolens, Palomar College.

    In my paper, I read black to white passing in Jewish-American author Vera Caspary's first novel, The White Girl, (1929), through the lens of Jewish identity's relationship to advertising and consumer culture.


  2. The Beginning of Wisdom in The North of God

    Jennifer Bradshaw, Angelo State University.

    In Steve Stern's The North of God, storytelling becomes the source of life as the characters find themselves faced with tragic circumstances.  The novella involves a story within a story when Velvl fictionalizes a story about his childhood friend Hershel, as Velvl is aboard a boxcar heading for the death camps.  The story of Hershel involves his accidental invoking of and marriage to a demoness, and the resulting internal conflicts that arise due to the event. 

  3. Forgiveness and Politics: Jacques Derrida’s Exploration of the Aporia of Forgiveness

    Leticia Villasenor, University of Southern California.

    For the past several decades, various competing and contested narratives and debates have defined the collective memory of France’s actions during the Holocaust. By examining Jacques Derrida’s aporia of forgiveness, I hope to further explore the symbiotic relationship between political discourse and collective memory and how this affects the reconciliation process in postwar France. 

8-07 -

Latina/o Literature and Culture III: Body Counts: Latina/o Necropolitics, Violence, and the Truth

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Georgina Guzmán, California State University, Channel Islands

  1. Violent Voyeurs: Examining Acts of Necrophilia in Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez

    Ammanda Moore, Norco College.

    This presentation explores the physicality of Evita’s corpse, and the desire and necrophilia induced by it in Santa Evita, focusing on the relationship that develops between Evita’s corpse and Colonel Moori Koenig. Even though many violent acts occur to Evita’s corpse, the corpse retaliates against her male violators.

  2. (un)Marking the Body and Unchaining the Soul: Toward An Understanding of the Other in Jovita González’s “Shades of the Tenth Muses”

    Cynthia Murillo, Tennessee State University.

    This paper seeks to unravel the role of liminality and racial consciousness in Jovita Gonzalez's "Shades of the Tenth Muses."  Through body soul doubling, Gonzalez attempts to challenge early twentieth century racial categories and redefine what an American self is.


  3. Democracy, Interrupted: Commissioning the ‘Truth’ in Diasporic Dominican American Literature

    Kelly Adams, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    This paper examines Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao alongside truth commission scholarship to consider how the absence of officially sanctioned transitional justice mechanisms in the Dominican Republic has produced alternative sites of truth-telling by diasporic Dominican American writers.

  4. Complex Migrants: Chicana Writers Resistance to Post-Racial Marketing Practices

    Mary Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Chicana writers resist marketing strategies that aim to manage Mexican-American novels as complicit in a desire to imagine Mexico as a site of exotic nostalgia through the family saga. Such marketing strategies can be seen to parallel discourses that ignore the racial dynamics implicit in discussions of immigration. Mexico, as an imaginary site, is either criminally stereotyped as a site of drug wars and violence or is made exotic in its appeal as the romantic origin of a nostalgic past. 

8-08 -

Liminality in American Literature II: Challenging Borders

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Marriott Orangecrest)
Chair: Michael G. Simental, Independent Scholar

  1. The Silence of Soldier-Ghosts in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and The Caprices

    Chelsea Davis, Stanford University.

    Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Sabina Murray’s The Caprices grapple with the specters of international war. Though separated by nearly two hundred years, both works make repeated use of a distinctive trope: ghosts of soldiers that are unable to speak to the living. I argue that the silence of these veteran spirits reflects the lingering inability of American social structures to account for the potentially liminal ethics of soldiers.

  2. Frontiers of Desire: Cooper and the Sex Pistols of Domesticity

    Roland Finger, Cuesta College.

    In The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper cultivates paranoia around his female characters. Jane Tompkins emphasizes that Cooper has an “obsessive preoccupation with systems of classification...by which race is distinguished from race, nation from nation, tribe from tribe," but Shirley Samuels notes that Cooper emphasizes classifications mainly to undermine them constantly. Cooper is less obsessed with unmixed systems of classification than about the portrayals of Natives being absorbed but eliminated within an Anglo America. 

  3. Nests in the Cellar: Thoreau's Home-making

    William F Bond, Syracuse University.

    The image of the dwelling in Walden – Thoreau’s cabin – is the location of tension between Thoreau the authoring and interpreting subject, and Thoreau, a subject of other forces and agents.  Primarily, the experience of home is not a matter of self-assertion and sense-making, but rather of impersonal and sensual contact with unknown external agency: the obscurity of Gaston Bachelard's cellar pervades Thoreau's home-space. Natural external forces are the primary authors of dwelling in Walden.

  4. Pushing Boundaries: Hemingway’s Exploration of the Liminal in For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Laura Dickinson-Turner, California State University Stanislaus.

    Informed by theatre director Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints of space & time, this close reading explores scenes within Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, identifying instances of liminality when either characters, space, or time become fluid, not adhering to strict binary poles, thus creating new space for articulation.  Incorporating secondary sources from feminist readings of the text and liminality in literary studies, this work focuses on Robert Jordan and Pilar as narrator and secondary narrator.

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Literature and the Other Arts II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Annemarie Perez, Loyola Marymount University

  1. Fielding's Musical Aesthetics

    Charles Trainor, Siena College.

    Fielding was a gifted lyricist whose works reveal a distinct musical aesthetic. He held that music like all art should serve a moral purpose, and stylistically he favored “the purest Simplicity.” Consequently, he opposed the castrati with their vocal acrobatics and indeed was hostile to Italian opera generally since it relegated lyrics to a secondary status. In his view, it was rational words that should dominate and direct the powerful passions raised by music to ethical ends.

  2. The Poet Breathes in the Painter: Inspiritus

    Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Prompted by a life crisis, the author decides to research the life of her famous relative, California painter and muralist, Ray Boynton.  In the process of discovering his poetry-inspired painting, she herself becomes a poet.

  3. Expressive Hybridity in Lorca’s Poet in New York: An Analysis of his New York Drawings

    Daniel Herrera Cepero, California State University, Long Beach.

    In this presentation I will analyze Lorca’s New York drawings intended to be included in Poet in New York as a non-paratextual part of his hybrid book. I revive Lorca’s theoretical reflections about what he called “poetic fact” and “linear metaphor” in order to engage in an interartistic comparison of his drawings and poems.

8-10 -

Modern Austrian Literature

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Marriott Salon I)
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. How to have your neurosis and enjoy it too: Grillparzers Selbstdiagnosen

    Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington.

    Der österreichische Dramatiker ist ein begnadeter Psychogeograph der modernen Seele, der die neurotische Befindlichkeit der eigenen Person ebenso scharf vermessen hat wie die seiner Problemfiguren in den Dramen. Mein Vortrag gilt der Kunst der Selbstdiagnosen in Grillparzers autobiographischer Prosa.

  2. Anticipating Imperceptible Warfare: Kafka’s Experiments with Spatiality, Temporality, and Risk in The Burrow

    Kai Evers, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper reads Kafka’s story The Burrow as a central example of an emergent literature of risk in modern Austrian and German literature.  Written after WWI and in anticipation of a war decided by perception defying weapons, Kafka’s literary experiment offers the most radical exploration of emergent challenges to contemporary concepts of time, space, and risk.

  3. The Actualization of Fear in the Novels of Marlene Streeruwitz: From Verführungen to Die Schmerzmacherin.

    Raymond Burt, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    The novels of Marlene Streeruwitz have been admired for their narrative experimentation in the search of for the feminine voice in literature. Her protagonists are women seeing self-actualization in a patriarchal world. The paper examines the shift from amorphous forces of subjugation to their embodiment in security and intelligence agencies.

  4. Brands and Trans/Nationalism in Contemporary Austrian Literature

    William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College.


    Josef Winkler and Elfriede Jelinek include specific brand names (Julius Meinl coffee, Bensdorp & Suchard chocolate, Barilla pasta) in their prose to explore mediation of memory in narrative. This paper analyses how these objects function outside the Austrian context, specifically, how these objects mediate Austrian cultural identity in light of economic borderlessness in the 21st century.

8-11 -

Oceanic Literatures and Cultures

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Leanne Day, University of Washington

  1. Islands in C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    Hannah Swamidoss, Rowlett High School Eastfield College.

    C. S. Lewis uses islands as spaces of adventure, danger, and moral displacement linked to empire. This paper examines the roles islands play and historically situates the novel to the British Empire and the canon of children’s literature.

  2. Hauntings in Hawaii: Unfamiliar Scenes in George Washington Bates’ Sandwich Island Notes 

    Chris J. Thomas, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Focusing on George Washington Bates' Sandwich Island Notes (1853),this paper will show how mid-nineteenth century travel writers of Polynesia self-reflexively imagined themselves within the world of their Romantic literary predecessors. But while Bates attempts to re-create familiar Hawaiian scenes, his narrative is continually haunted by forboding images of Hawaiian colonalism. 

  3. The Uncanny Paradise: Death and Spirit Encounters in Tahiti

    Vera Jakoby, McDaniel College.

    In the incessant streaming of colonial paradise constructions, Tahiti emerges as a space which is not dissimilar to the biblical Garden of Eden myth: the trope of the peaceable kingdom which is ruptured by the mysterious presence of spirit beings and death. This uncanny paradise both mesmerizes and alienates Western audiences and becomes a mirror of the desire of late 19th century Europe for mystical encounters outside the sphere of organized religion.

8-12 -

Once Upon a Time

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Elena Polyudova, Defense Language Institute

  1. Liberating Cinderella: Re-visioning Fairy Tales for Children with Transgressive Feminist Ideology

    Sarah McLain, Simmons College.

    Tracing the foundation of re-visioning feminist fairy tales, this paper performs a cultural analysis of Levine's Ella Enchanted in order to illustrate the subtle ongoing ideological shift that second wave feminism infused into the larger cultural narrative of fairy tales.

  2. Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Apple Doesn't Fall Too Far from the Tree

    Masha Grigoryan, Los Angeles Pierce College.

    This paper analyzes the mother-daughter relationship from two perspectives: how Disney’s versions of the mother-daughter relationship in popularized princess fairytales create a problematic picture of family; and how the mother-daughter relationship can be a deciding factor in the personality of the child and can promote unhealthy lineage, using the developed Snow White story in the new TV series Once Upon a Time.

  3. Monsters and Mothers: Embracing the Myth of the Evil Stepmother in Snow White

    Nicole Ivey, California State University, San Bernardino.

    The television show Once Upon a Time takes on the fairy tale cannon, its central storyline focusing on the Snow White tale. Through this modern revision, the Evil Queen reclaims her identity as a mother, and thereby reclaims the stepmother figure from her marginalized cultural position.

8-13 -

Poetry and Poetics IV

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Brian Reed, University of Washington

  1. The Body of the Poem: Marilyn Chin’s Hard Love Province

    Catherine Cucinella, "California State University, San Marcos".

    In this paper I argue that Chin’s poetics bodies become the poem, magnifying the trope of the Asian American poet’s disruption of unwelcoming, hegemonic, poetic traditions.  I identify a poetics/aesthetics of the body manifest in the infusion and fusion of the political, corporeal, and poetic throughout these poems.

  2. The Poetics and Politics of the Umbra Workshops: Foregrounding the Black Aesthetic

    Jean-Philippe Marcoux, Universite Laval (Canada).

    This papers studies how t the import of Umbra writers is not exclusively political but mainly aesthetic. Through interactions with the Latin American poets of the Nuyorican Café and avant-garde artists with ties to Black Mountain, Umbra writers defined the aesthetic criteria that will, later, form the core of the Black Aesthetic. As such, the Umbra writers will be studied from their position as the first black avant-garde. 

  3. Love Sneaking Up on Me Through the Snow: Interconnection and Eco-cosmopolitanism in Lunch Poems

    Anthony J Urquidi, California State University, Long Beach.

    Robert Hass describes ecopoetics as "the study of the intricate set of causal relations in a given space," and coupled with Timothy Morton's idea of the "mesh" of interconnectedness and Ursula Heise's description of the global cultural awareness of "eco-cosmopolitanism," poems such as Frank O'Hara's "Steps," "Cornkind," "The Day Lady Died," and "Personal Poem" can be read in a light differing from his own personal views of his relation to ecosystems and can be appropriated as a model for environmentally progressive thinking in poetry.

  4. From Beats and Rhymes to Poetry Slams: Hip Hop and Poetics

    Jennifer Carter, San Diego State University.

    Seen as an ideological worldview, spoken word poetry has emerged within the context and culture of a broader framework—away from a traditionalized standard of meter, quatrain, and couplet—birthed from a tradition of old storytelling merged with dance elements and the soul of urbanized song.

8-14 -

Satire and Humor

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Richard E. Hishmeh, Palomar College

  1. Childish Humor: Literary Childhood as a Source of Nostalgic Humor

    Zachary Vance, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper shall focus on the humor associated with literary depictions of childhood in the works of Twain, Thurber, and Salinger. While briefly surveying how America’s vision of itself is often exemplified in literary representations of childhood, this study shall primarily explore the powerful agent of humor in representations of American childhood.

  2. Finding and Minding the Line: What's Permitted and What's Taboo in Satire and Humor

    Craig Sirles, DePaul University.

    In this paper I examine the line that separates publicly acceptable from unacceptable satire and humor by examining numerous online forums and publications. I look at some well-known cases where the joke sank the jokester, and  I also report on interviews I conducted with owners or managers of three Chicago comedy clubs about the allowable and the taboo on the comedy stage. I conclude that what’s above board and what’s below the belt in satire and humor is more a rhetorical issue than a matter of content.

  3. Laughing in the Face of Trauma: Satirical Caricature in Haussmannized Paris

    Jennifer Pride, Florida State University.

    I argue that satirical caricature mediated the trauma of Haussmannization (1853-1870) by commenting on and undermining the socio-political changes that occurred as a result of this rupture. These satirical images comprise irresolvable binaries regarding the positive/negative impact of Haussmannization and helped 19th century Parisians to laugh at the foibles of modern life by replacing everyday annoyances and problems with comical scenes.

  4. Lucianic Satire and the Invention of America

    Owen Staley, California Baptist University.

    This paper suggests that the satirical dialogues of Lucian of Samosata exercised shaping influence on Erasmus and More, who showed their reception to Lucian’s ideas by imitating both his style and substance in their own works, including Utopia, which in turn has exercised significant shaping influence on current social formations.

8-15 -

Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) III

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda, California State University, Fullerton

  1. In Bluebeard’s Chamber: Cantaclaro, a Venezuelan Fairy Tale?

    Jenni Lehtinen, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan).

    Using Cantaclaro (1934) as a case study, this paper will illustrate how Rómulo Gallegos successfully appropriates elements of Western cultural and intellectual tradition in order to explore a set of specifically Venezuelan issues. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which he transports Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Bluebeard to the Venezuelan llanos and further spices it up with references to Freudian theories of the Electra complex.

  2. Humanizing Sealers in Francisco Coloane’s “Cabo de Hornos”


    Rachel VanWieren, Morgan State University.

    I argue that the historical and textual marginalization of sealers in the nineteenth century is contested by Francisco Coloane in his story “Cabo de Hornos” (1941) by humanizing the sealers and focusing on the challenges of the local small-scale sealing that continued into the twentieth century in southern Patagonia.

  3. La estética fragmentaria de lo ético en el cine de Martel

    Eunha Choi, California State University, Long Beach.

    Aquí propongo que ya sea plano o de fondo, breve o largo, el encuadre del cine de Lucrecia Martel apunta hacía un desencuentro o fractura entre la mirada de la cámara y los elementos (objetos y sujetos) del encuadre. Es en esa fractura que se escenifica el potencial ético de lo estético.

8-16 -

The Gothic II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Beth Ptalis Hough, Independent Scholar

  1. All About Eve, Fascism, and the Gothic Tradition

    Eric Brownell, University of Minnesota.

    I argue that, in All About Eve (1950), writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz refigures Gothic conventions, which he had previously employed to address the West's relationship with fascism, to liken the American culture industry and McCarthyism to fascist forms of power. 

  2. The Familiar Return: Self-Conscious Narrative and Gothic Form in The Little Stranger

    Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University.

    Through Gothic invocations, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger (2009) complicates generic notions of narrative totality and form.  The novel, I will argue, utilizes unreliable narration to expose the tangled relationship between reader and text.  As an active inhabitant of Gothic architecture, the reader is subversively implicated as the “little stranger” haunting Hundreds Hall.

  3. Teen Drama with a Bite: Human Animality in Jeff Davis’ Teen Wolf 

    Anastassiya Andrianova, North Dakota State University.

    Although it borrows its title and subject from Rod Daniel’s 1985 film, Jeff Davis’ MTV series Teen Wolf (2011) places “a greater emphasis on romance, horror and werewolf mythology.”  Drawing on animal studies, I argue that Davis’ contemporary iteration of the Gothic werewolf motif is also a serious reflection on the relationship between humans and animals. 

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The Little Short Shorts: Narrative as Commentary

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Kathryn Stevenson, Moreno Valley College

  1. Back Talk: Socializing Networks, Performance Artivism, and Internet Asides

    Kathryn Stevenson, Moreno Valley College.

    Writing instructor at Moreno Valley College, Kathryn Stevenson earned her English doctorate in queer, postcolonial, and critical and cultural theory from UC Riverside and writes songs, setlists, poems, apocalypse fiction, aphorisms, and screenplays preoccupied with adherence or the bonds forged under duress.  

  2. Svonkco Industries Presents: Adventures in Facebooking

    Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Craig Svonkin, Associate Professor at MSU Denver and Executive Director of PAMLA, has published “Manishevitz and Sake, the Kaddish and Sutras: Allen Ginsberg’s Spiritual Self-Othering,” “A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room,” and co-authored “Outside the Inside the Box: The 2013 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry." He has also been misusing and abusing Facebook for creative, at times political, writing.

  3. Inland Empirical

    Tristan Acker, Musician and Poet.

    Tristan Acker is a San Bernardino-based poet and musician. A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino's Master of Fine Arts Poetry program, Tristan records and performs with other hip-hop artists and beatmakers as part of the West Coast Avengers. Keep up with them and their work at westcoastavengers.com and westcoastavengers.bandcamp.com.

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The Victorians and Literary Theory

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Marriott Embassy)
Chair: Alfred Drake, California State University, Fullerton

  1. Nobodies Who Used to be Somebodies: Adam and Eve and Victorian Character Theory

    Meagan K Simpson, University of Notre Dame.

    This paper shows how a shift from a providential world order designed by a divine God to an empirical world order regulated by laws of physics and commerce prompted Victorians to develop more precise conceptions of character—conceptions still crucial for twenty-first-century literary criticism.

  2. The Ghost in the Novel: Bleak House and the Paradoxes of Narrative

    Darby Jean Walters, University of Southern California.

    Lady Morbury Dedlock, dead two hundred years before Bleak House begins, haunts not only Esther Summerson and her mother, but also the form of the novel itself. As the narrations of her dying promise travels from one narrator to the other, the gaps within her narrative illustrate the inherent gaps within even the most tightly bound story, while the quality of her uncanny prophecy emphasizes some of the deeper fallacies that underlie our understanding of the relationship between story and plot.

  3. Re-Thinking “Melodramatic Simplification”

    Kacie Wills, University of California, Riverside.

    The complex nature of the melodramatic tableau as it is constructed in Charles Dickens's Bleak House calls into question any assumed "melodramatic simplicity" in the novel. Examining the role of the narrator-constructed tableaus surrounding Jo's death, the discovery of Nemo's corpse, and Richard's death reveals the power of the narrator to obliterate the expected objectivity of the audience. 



  4. Victorian Matters of Concern: Evolution, Machines, and Critical Theory

    Anna Neill, University of Kansas.

    This paper considers how recent conversation about the state of “critique” hosted by Critical Inquiry bears on the study of literature, science, and technology in the  Victorian period. It proposes that Victorian writers and critics bring facts about and objects in the world into fora of deliberation and concern.

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Travel and Literature II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Angela Florschuetz, Independent Scholar

  1. Invocations of America: Space, Place and Imagination in James Boswell's Hebrides Journal

    Grant Rosson, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper highlights James Boswell's use of American imagery in his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, in order investigate the imagination’s role in facilitating peculiar intimacies between disparate geographies.

  2. Travel Writing in Colonial India

    Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California.

    This paper discusses travel writing in Colonial India, specifically (given the prominence of the animal in the visuals and narratives of colonial India) the hunting narratives that centered around animals and the hunting of game animals. 

  3. Garip, Acayip, and “World Picture” in Nineteenth-Century Turkish Literature: Ahmet Midhat’s “Mukaddime”

    Beyza Lorenz, UCLA.

    This paper examines the concepts of garip and acayip (wonders and curiosities) in the writings of the pioneering Ottoman novelist Ahmet Midhat (1844-1913) in the light of Heidegger’s concepts of “world picture” (weltbild) and the subjectivism of the modern individual. I argue that travel and the encounter with the Other as emanated in the tropes of garip and acayip in Midhat’s writing played a crucial role in the formation of modern Turkish subject.

  4. Roots and Routes: The Chronotope of the Diaspora in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow

    Kevin Morris, Syracuse University.

    In this paper I examine how the figure of the ship functions as the vehicle for cultural reconciliation in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow. However, I argue that Marshall's attempt is disconcerting insofar as the suggestion of redeeming an essential African identity becomes problematic when discussing the relationship between roots and routes that mark the African-diasporic experience. 

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Women in French IV: Women and/in Islam in the Francophone World

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross D)
Chair: Alain Gabon, Virginia Wesleyan College

  1. The Republic and its Veils

    Alain Gabon, Virginia Wesleyan College.

    Between 1989 and 2012, France has passed dramatic new laws banning or restricting various Islamic headscarves and face coverings.  I examine the five justifications offered by those laws' advocates and show they all severely betray the noble ideals they claim to defend, from women's rights to laicity.

  2. Déconstruction des stéréotypes socio-religieux dans Massalia Blues de Minna Sif

    Monique Manopoulos, "California State University, East Bay".

    Je compte examiner comment Minna Sif déconstruit les stéréotypes socio-religieux en utilisant la géographie marseillaise de l’immigré et les récits féminins à la  voix multiple, des deux côtés de la méditerranée (au Maroc et à Marseille).  Je compte également étudier les textes rap et autres par des jeunes et femmes  d’origine immigrée dans les ateliers d’écriture animés par Minna Sif dans les quartiers Nord de Marseille.

  3. Délice Paloma: Of Women Entrepreneurs and Entreprenantes

    Michele Chossat, Seton Hill University.

    In his films, Nadir Moknèche explores the lives of women caught in difficult or desperate situations. Far from giving up, women team up and organize. They create hopeful futures for themselves in the midst of instability, corruption and injustice. In a male oriented culture, they dare to try living their dreams.

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Women in Literature II

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Christine Duverge, University of California, Riverside

  1. An Economic Inscription: Altered Humanity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland

    Allison Graves, Washington State University.

    "An Economic Inscription: Altered Humanity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland" analyzes Gilman’s theory of the evolved woman in her utopian novel. Through the lens of Gilman’s economic writings and Judith Butler’s theory on performativity, the essay illustrates how Herlanders represent a new inscribed gender for women, despite the attempts by the male characters to subvert Herlander authority.

  2. Inking Resistance and Survival: Plath's "The Fifteen Dollar Eagle" and Plath Tattoos

    Mary Irene Morrison, Pierce College.

    This paper looks at Sylvia Plath's "The Fifteen Dollar Eagle," excerpts from her journals, and contemporary Plath tattoos, in order to examine tattooing as a form of feminist resistance that is stigmatized in similar ways to feminism in general and Plath's writing in particular. 

  3. The Madness of Performance

    Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle.

    I argue that in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Plath blurs the lines between herself as the distanced and disassociated author function of the novel, and the character of Esther Greenwood. The moments in which the author function is collapsed, Esther is granted an awareness of her own performativity.

  4. “They Break Beautifully”: Housewives, Entropy, and the Closed System of the Home in Pamela Zoline’s “The Heat Death of the Universe”

    Brittany Roberts, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper examines Pamela Zoline’s “The Heat Death of the Universe,” exploring the concurrent discourses of chaos and order that underlie the splintered psychological landscape of Sarah Boyle. Through Sarah’s struggle to conform to the idealized image of the mid-century American housewife, Zoline exposes the limitations of Cold War domestic ideology.


PAMLA Awards

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm (RCC Ballroom A/B)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Steven Gould Axelrod: 2014 PAMLA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

    Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside.

    Steven Gould Axelrod, UC Riverside Distinguished Professor of English, former PAMLA President, and Advisory Board member of Pacific Coast Philology, is author of Robert Lowell: Life and Art, Robert Lowell: A Reference Guide, Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words, and many insightful and influential essays. Steve is also co-editor of the New Anthology of American Poetry, Volumes 1-3, and he is presently writing a new book on Cold War Poetics and co-editing Robert Lowell’s Memoirs.


PAMLA Forum: The Uncanny Art of Reading

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm (RCC Ballroom A/B)
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. Introduction to "The Uncanny Art of Reading"

    Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    As Freud reminds us in his 1919 essay “The Uncanny” (“Das Unheimliche”), the uncanny encounter is both a familiar and an unfamiliar one. Perhaps a product of post-sacral modernity, uncanny feelings frequently haunt our encounters with an Other and with literary texts, for the play between the known and the foreign constitutes the art of interpretation. Reflecting on temporal and figural literary hauntings may open up a discussion about how the act of reading literature rehearses the uncanny encounter with the Other in productive ways.

  2. Bourgeois Innocence Lost: Uncanny Children in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna

    Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago".

    Imke Meyer is Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on narrative theory, on gender, and on aesthetics and politics in late 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, film and culture. Her most recent book, Männlichkeit und Melodram: Arthur Schnitzlers erzählende Schriften, appeared in 2010. 

  3. Lesbian Immortal

    Kate Thomas, Bryn Mawr College.

    Kate Thomas is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Bryn Mawr College.  Her research interests span Victorian literature and culture, materialism, queer studies and food studies.  She is the author of Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal and Victorian Letters (Oxford UP, 2012) and is working on a new book project provisionally titled Victorians Fat and Thin.

  4. Postcolonialism and the Technological Uncanny

    Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon.

    Sangita Gopal is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. She is author of Conjugations: Marriage and Film Form in New Bollywood Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and co-editor of two collections of essays on Indian and Asian cinema. She is currently at work on two projects - one on self-reflexivity in Indian cinema and the other on intermediality and gender in Indian cinema.


General Membership Meeting

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm (RCC Ballroom A/B)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. General Membership Meeting

    Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    This very brief General Membership Meeting will precede the PAMLA Forum. Election results and the financial health of PAMLA will be on the agenda.


PAMLA Conference Reception: Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 6:45pm to 8:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. PAMLA Conference Reception: Dia de los Muertos

    Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for the annual conference Reception, this year falling on Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. This is a terrific opportunity to see old friends and to make some new ones, while enjoying light snacks and beverages.

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"A (Wo)Man in the Mirror": Immigrant Transitions I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Un cubano sato; or a Cuban Mutt: 
    On the Cultural Dimensions of Ernest Hemingway’s Immigration to Cuba

    Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, University of Puerto Rico.

    The scholarly treatment of immigration in American Literatures often concerns the writings of newcomers to the US, but there is also a rich corpus of literature from emigrant Americans (that is, authors from the US who moved elsewhere). Ernest Hemingway is often labeled an “expatriate” but he did not intend to return to the US from Cuba (and did so under threat of violence), making him an immigrant to Cuba. This paper examines how Hemingway’s immersion in Cuban culture influenced the literary devices in his writing. 

  2. Over the Borderline: The Double Crossing of Nation and Gender at LA’s La Plaza Bar

    Katherine Steelman, California State University Long Beach.

    LA’s oldest operating Latin@ gay bar, La Plaza, is a paradox –  at once frozen in time, and yet embodying physical and national transition. I interrogate the relationship between drag performance, transgender identity and migration as it manifests itself in the physical location of La Plaza through the scholarly works of Jose Muñoz and others, as well as through interviews with people who inhabit the space of La Plaza.

  3. Hollywood’s Chinatown: Traversing the Border and the Other Side

    Cara Busch, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

    Much has been written about the Othering of bodies and groups of people, but the Othering of places themselves has received little attention. This paper connects the research of real-world Chinatowns to its representations in American film and TV. When the borders of Chinatown on screen are breached by outsiders, visitors will find alien eatables, self-Orientalism, and violence. This border also delineates different generations of Chinese immigrants on either side.

  4. The Pleasures and Politics of Sexual Transgression in Contemporary U.S. Immigration Narratives

    Daniel Chaskes, LIM College.

    This essay argues that sexual transgression in  contemporary U.S. immigration narratives represents a rejection of conventional assimilatory practices rooted in consumerism and class mobility.      

9-02 -

Adaptation: Literature to Film I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

  1. Literature-to-Film Adaptations: Pregnant with Possibilities

    Mary H. Snyder, Diablo Valley College.

    This paper puts forth a unique approach to examining literature-to-film adaptations. In their writing, Julia Kristeva and Hélène Cixous show how maternal metaphors can be applied to the creation of texts. I propose applying such metaphors to literature-to-film adaptations as an effective means to understand and explore further these adaptations.

  2. Representation and Performative Sampling in Film Adaptation

    Aili Zheng, Willamette University.

    I will consider the representation of performativities in film adaptation, followed by an analysis of Mihály Kertész' (Michael Curtiz) historical epic based on Arthur Schnitzler's drama Der junge Medardus.

  3. In Between Screens: Remediation and Television in the Narrative Aesthetic of the Spanish Generation X

    Roxana Blancas Curiel, University of California, Riverside.

    I will explore the concept of remediation through some of the techniques that operate in television and how this function in the construction of a narrative aesthetic using two novels of writers from the Spanish Generation X and its cinematographic versions. 

  4. The Cloud Atlas Duet: Filming the Unfilmable

    Nicole Kenley, Simpson University.

    This paper reads David Mitchell's 2004 novel and the Wachowski's 2012 film against each other to interrogate the notion of the unfilmable. The paper argues that the film's cinematic interpretations of the novel's formal elements intersect with the book on a thematic level that ironically both connects and separates film from text.

9-03 -

American Literature before 1865 III

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Jill Walker Gonzalez, La Sierra University

  1. The Transcendental Club and American Isolationist Politics

    Mikayo Sakuma, Gakushuin Women's College.

    The position of the Transcendentalist Club, a major liberal community of American intellectuals, can be considered to be particularly significant in its connecting of people of talent, who would otherwise have been isolated in their artistry. Their principle is supposed to be isolation and collaboration. Interestingly that principle was like U.S. foreign policy. My paper is to reconsider the establishment and ultimately the demise of the Transcendentalist Club in terms of the period’s political background and burgeoning networks of journalism.

  2. Melville's Prophecy: War, Emancipation, and "Bartleby"

    Nicholas Rinehart, Harvard University.

    My paper reads Herman Melville's 1853 short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street" in terms of its thematic treatment of slavery, servitude, freedom, and labor.  It argues that the story can be read allegorically to understand better the history of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. 

  3. The Frontier as a Revolutionary Time Line: Notes on an Impossible History

    Emma Stapely, "University of California, Riverside".

    My paper ponders the production of the U.S. American frontier as a temporal quantity—a “time line” that separates national history from its Other(s)—in the years immediately following the 1783 Treaty of Paris. I suggest that this development relied upon retrospective memorializations of the Revolution as a race war that challenged conventional understandings of the Revolution’s chronological, political, and territorial scope.

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Classics (Greek)

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (Marriott Imperial)
Chair: Sonia Sabnis, Reed College

  1. Charivari and Homicide: An Iliadic City ‘At Peace’

    Victor Castellani, University of Denver.

    Two-part depiction of a City at Peace on Achilles’s new shield embodies a cluster of dualities that characterize the framing poem.  Øivind Andersen has identified thematic connections, but we find more abstract antitheses that tie a mass wedding celebration and a demand for satisfaction after a killing to Achilles’ story.

  2. Pederasty and the Palaestra: The Language of Friendship in Plato’s Lysis

    Zachary Borst, University of California, Los Angeles.

    In this paper I argue that the categories of philia, “friendship” or “love,” and erotic love are put into question in Plato’s Lysis. The dialogue is set in a palaestra, which connects this dialogue on friendship to the socially inscribed practices of homoerotic relationships in Greek athletics. The language of philia that Socrates employs is dependent upon the language of pederasty, which creates an ambiguity in the distinction of erotic and friendly relationships that is not resolved in the Lysis.

  3. Alexander’s Sweet Breath: Diagnosing Plutarch’s Alexander

    Carly Maris, University of California, Riverside.

    The health of Alexander the Great before his sudden illness and death in the spring of 323 is rarely added to the discussion of his death. Plutarch, quoting the now lost works of Aristoxenus, gives Alexander interesting physical characteristics including sweet-smelling breath, which are also symptoms of diabetes mellitus type one.

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Disability in American Literature I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Lina Geriguis, Chapman University

  1. Racial Diversity in HIV Memoirs: The Exclusion of African American Voices 

    Samantha Allen, Texas Christian University.


    Although African Americans account for almost half of the HIV infections in America, few HIV memoirs are written by African Americans. My paper, through an exploration of HIV memoirs, will examine how race and disability are double markers of difference and how the discrimination against those with both markers is still prevalent in today’s society.

  2. Autistic Autoethnography: Articulating Identity, Locating Culture

    Monica Orlando, Case Western Reserve University.

    Because of the socially-constructed nature of the category of “autism,” autoethnographic writing about autistic identity and experience can play a significant role in giving voice to autistic people themselves in the construction of meaning about autism in social and cultural settings.  This paper examines several autobiographical texts by American autistic writers that I consider autoethnographic.  I argue that these texts perform important work by providing valuable insight into the cultural identities and relationships of individuals with autism.

  3. Pathetic Superheroes: Using Narrative to Balance and Rethink Disability Identity in Children’s Literature

    Jacklyn Martin, University of Memphis.

    By looking at a range of children’s texts, this paper explores the outcomes of narratives with stereotypical, binary identities for disabled children, while also looking at how narrative can be used to generate fresh perspectives on the construction of identity.

  4. Masculine Impotence: Hemingway Defies Expectations


    Ernest Hemingway constructs a liminal space with Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises.  Jake reaffirms his masculinity through action and agency, but he blurs the border among bodies with disabilities and nondisabled bodies.  I examine this blurring of borders, bodies, and identities using the methodologies of several disability studies scholars. 

9-06 -

Ecocriticism III (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Doris McGonagill, Utah State University

  1. Lightning in a Bottle: Growing a New American Community, One Green Festival at a Time

    Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College.

    This paper investigates the annual Lightning in the Bottle (LIB) Festival as an environmentally conscious and ethical community whose “green mission” is to change lives through naturalist art and innovation. LIB creates within contemporary American culture a space that provides a new vision for the production and consumption of goods, music, art, and ideology for “a more sustainable world, while connecting deeply with nature and the community around us.”

  2. From Land to Body: How Polluted Space becomes Toxic Body Consciousness in Contemporary Literature

    Christina Clancy, Beloit College.

    Pollution penetrates every border, from air, water and soil to the human body. Contemporary writers mark the shift in consciousness from land to body, and chronicle the anxiety associated with the body as a polluted space.

  3. Ecofeminism and the Byzantine Romance: Zoomorphic and Anthomorphic Metaphors in Digenes Akrites and The Byzantine Achilleid

    Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University.

    The medieval Greek romances Digenes Akrites and the Byzantine Achilleid depict male lovers as predators and gardeners of their female beloveds, who are invariably depicted as prey or plants.  An ecofeminist analysis will demonstrate how the romances use zoomorphic and anthomorphic metaphors to depict the subjugation of women.

  4. Beware the Contaminated City: The Racialization of Space in Apocalyptic Narrative

    Meghan Olivas, University of Southern California.

    In my conference presentation I will examine how apocalyptic texts like Jack London’s “The Scarlet Plague” (1912), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915) participated in the racialization of both urban and natural spaces.

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English Literature and Culture (to 1700) I: Mythology, Superstition, and Stigma in Early Modern England

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University

  1. Sympathy from the Devil: Titus Andronicus and Tragedy's Didactic Purpose

    Devin Toohey, University of Southern California.

    This paper examines how Titus Andronicus rejects the traditional didactic purposes ascribed to poetry by early modern critics by showing tyrants to be incapable of pity. It proceeds to turn the language of love poetry to imagine a new purpose for tragedy – empathy among the low.

  2. The New World Amazons: Abroad and At Home on the English Stage

    Kendyl Palmer, Cypress College.

    The Amazon woman is a metonym, a symbol used by pre-1700 Europeans to displace their fears, hopes and anxieties towards the New World. Increasingly, this particular figuring of the Amazon makes appearances on the stages of early modern Europe, where we find a connection between the supposed vicious Amazon encountered in the New World during the Age of Discovery, and one who is simultaneously more malleable and strange in the fantasy realm of drama on the early modern stage. 

  3. Chaucer, Mimesis, and the Fantastic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Tom Schneider, California Baptist University.

    The agential role of the fairies as characters has been undervalued in previous, influential readings of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Attention to Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale as a source-text and the historical context of fairy-belief help us to refine our understanding of the supernatural elements of the play, as well as our appreciation for Shakespeare’s work.

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English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century III: Commodifying Tea, Coffee, and Slaves

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Lora Geriguis, La Sierra University

  1. "The Utter Destruction of All Economy": Drinking Tea in 18th Century England

    Elizabeth Lyman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    18th century tea-tables were called “the utter destruction of all economy.” Drawing on published and unpublished play manuscripts from the Huntington Library’s Larpent Collection, and on museum holdings and research in decorative arts, my paper considers the qualities, origins, and costs of 18th century tea and its luxurious material “implements.”  

  2. Geographies of Imperialism: Commodities, Slavery, and the Metropolitan Coffeehouse

    Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University.

    This paper explores the links between the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the importation of luxury consumption items like sugar, coffee and chocolate, and the rise of the English coffeehouse (and the public sphere) in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. 

  3. Silence and Sympathy: British Slave Executions During the Long Eighteenth Century

    Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, Washington State University Tri-Cities.

    Although sympathy led to significant changes in punishment practices within Europe during the long eighteenth century, gruesome penalties continued to be employed against the enslaved in British colonies. Slaves resisted their masters through stoic silence, thus denying the power of the colonizers on their bodies. British masters, however, read these silent sufferings as proof of the slaves’ inability to feel pain, which they in turn interpreted as a sign of inhumanity.

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Food Studies I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Rebecca Ingram, University of San Diego

  1. The Adventures of Pinocchio: Food and National Identity

    Nicoletta Tinozzi-Mehrmand, University of California, Riverside.

    In his 1883 The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tuscan author Carlo Collodi recounts the misadventures of a wooden puppet which, in many ways, mirror the struggles of a newly unified Italy. The purpose of this paper is to show how the representation and the often unsuccessful pursuit of food in Pinocchio parallel the poverty and hunger of the young Italian nation.

  2. From Starving Bodies to Impoverished Minds: The (Re)Signification of Hunger in Classical Political Economy and Victorian "Social-Problem" Fiction 

    Jeffrey Janosik, University of Washington.

    My paper considers the signification of bodies within late eighteenth-century political economy and early-nineteenth-century “social-problem” novels. I argue that in both discourses bodies become bifurcated and re-signified, allowing for the suggestion that visceral hunger may be “solved” by moral/spiritual sustenance. 

  3. The Food Film: Franco-Taiwanese Culinary Crossover in 27°C: Loaf Rocks

    Michelle Bloom, University of California, Riverside.

    Taiwanese director Lin Cheng-Shen’s 2013 film 27°C: Loaf Rocks exemplifies the role of the culinary as a conduit for cross-culture connections.  Based on the life of baker Wu Pao-chun, the biopic turned melodrama depicts the mythic role of France in the global culinary imaginary and the resulting Franco-Taiwanese interplay.

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George Eliot I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (Marriott Salon II)
Chair: Carroll Savant, University of Texas at Dallas

  1. Snake Eyes: Reptilian Imagery in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda

    Jeremy Chow, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    I address George Eliot's inclusion of reptilian imagery within the characterizations of our central players in Daniel Deronda. This imagery doubles as figurations of vice and narcissism. Even more, through the reptilian characterization, especially in contrast to those non-reptilian, we better come to understand the extent of the human landscape so central to Eliot's works.

  2. Sublimity, Beauty and Boredom in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

    Victoria Shinbrot, California State University, Sacramento.

    In Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth’s  experiences of the sublime and her proclivity for risk are closely associated and offer her  unexpected opportunities for moral growth and personal reevaluation. While the predictability of striking the beautiful pose seemingly avoids moral censure, boredom and thwarted desire can lead to moral decay.

  3. Gwendolen’s Dread: Omens and the Spinozan Unconscious in Daniel Deronda

    Mary Bell, University of Arizona.

    Eliot’s treatment of dreams and omens in her novels raises questions about her commitment to realism. However, Eliot’s Spinozan psychodynamics mean that the so-called omens, dreams, and their corresponding dread are not “magical connection[s]” at all, but psychological ones. 

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Hannah Arendt Re-historicized

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Fuhito Endo, Seikei University

  1. Totalitarianism in American Context

    Michiko Shimokobe, Seikei University, Japan.

    In each successive edition of The Origin of Totalitarianism (1951, 1958, 1968), the notion of totalitarianism was expanded, revised, and specified. We can see that Arendt developed her argument of totalitarianism by reacting to new political realities of America. I would like to investigate what kind of elements of talitarianism such as an ideology and total terror survives in the democratic society of America.

  2. Affectionately, Hannah: Epistolary Relations and the Promise of the Political

    Dan O'Neill, University of California, Berkeley.

    This paper considers the friendship between Hannah Arendt and Alfred Kazin.  It explores an extended tangle of relations by comparing the personal influence of Emerson’s work on the correspondence between Arendt and Kazin and the personal influence of this literary friendship on Arendt’s philosophical reflections on the political.

  3. Arendt, de Man and MacCarthy

    Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan.

     Arendt and de Man shared several conditions of refugee scholars. First, they made friends with Mary McCarthy. Second, they  criticized the idea of totality. Third, they  caused a serious controversy over the status of the Jews. 

9-12 -

Jewish Literature and Culture in ¨Trans-Iberia¨: Spain, Portugal, and Latin America

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Jorge Galindo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  1. From Secretly Jewish Catholicism to Anti-Catholic Judaism: The Polemical Writing of Iberian Converso Isaac Orobio de Castro

    Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland.

    Four decades absorbing Catholicism during the 1600s while living in the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition prepared Baltazar Alvares de Orobio, a “New Christian” of Jewish lineage, to adopt an anti-Christian perspective in his writings once he arrived in Amsterdam and, as Isaac Orobio de Castro, lived an openly Jewish life.

  2. ¿una solución a la “imposibilidad mesiánica” derridiana?: Los universos de ciencia-ficción de Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Institute.

    Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work seems at first to uphold Jacques Derrida’s assertion of Messianic Impossibility, especially when narratives by this Chilean filmmaker-novelist focus on Latin America’s past or present. However, in his graphic novels of science fiction, the destiny of Jodorowsky’s main characters coincides more with Walter Benjamin’s vision of the Messianic Time.

  3. El ladino en dos novelas mexicanas contemporáneas: Vida propia y Tela de sevoya

    Alicia Rico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Las novelas de la mexicana Rosá Nissán, Novia que te vea (1992) e Hisho que te nazca (1994), forman parte del florecimiento de la autobiografía sefardita que se da a partir de 1992 como señala Jonathan Schorsch y usan el ladino ya desde los títulos. Me propongo analizar cómo Vida propia (2000) de Vicky Nizri y Tela de sevoya (Premio Xavier Villaurrutia 2012) de Myriam Moscona incorporan el ladino en la narración y  continúan esa tradición autobiográfica en México.

9-13 -

Reanimating the Child: Children's Media and the Macabre I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

  1. Frankenstein, Vampires, and Ghosts, Oh My!: Monster Types and Functions in Children’s Animated Horror Film

    Megan Troutman, University of Arkansas.

    Children's animated horror films recycle Universal monster tropes, as well as re-appropriate domestic elements as horrific in order to create films that are not simple and/or didactic, but rather engage with mainstream horror elements and create terror within their films as well as in their audiences. 

  2. From the Tarot Table to the Children's Table: Magic The Gathering and Ritual as Play

    Derek Pedersen, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This paper will examine the relationship between ritual and play, specifically in an analysis of the history of Tarot cards, card games, and its more contemporary form, Magic: The Gathering

  3. Ludworst Bemonster’s Frankenstein: A Gothic Indulgence

    Karla Cordero, San Diego City College.

    In the book Frankenstein A Monstrous Parody, Ludworst Bemonster transforms the classic tale of Frankenstein into a satire filled with adolescent monsters. Bemonster’s characters symbolize the traumatic experiences children encounter throughout adolescence. The monsters embody the macabre as they are forced to leave innocence and enter a state of experience.

9-14 -

Reassessing Language Poetry: Thirty Years After The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

  1. Steve McCaffery and Henri Chopin: Sound Poetry as Sonic Warfare

    Chris Santiago, University of Southern California.

    This paper revisits sound poetry as affect by re-reading Steve McCaffery's sound poems through the filter of Steve Goodman’s work on sonic warfare. Because sound is physical and psychological, sound poetry is not an object of “mere” aesthetics, but an urgent question of praxis. The paper argues for a sound poetry that returns to the Black Audio Film Collective’s original notion of "sonic warfare," one that employs sound less self-reflexively and as a contagion for mobilization.

  2. Seeing Out Loud: Hearing the Politics in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping With the Dictionary

    Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside.

    “Kirstenography” and “Denigration,” two poems from Harryette Mullen’s 2002 Sleeping With the Dictionary, extend the political and formal possibilities of LANGUAGE poetry by mobilizing the expressive poetics of visual word play to unearth a sonic polemic against contemporary politics and discourses of oppression. 

  3. Female Embodiment and Deviance in Contemporary Experimental Poetry

    Sarah Nance, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper explores language poetry’s intersection with feminism through portrayals of embodiment, specifically female poets who are interested in bodies perceived as non-normative, ill, or disabled. Their poetry argues for a reparative reading that explores bodily experience as a way of navigating between subject and object through ever-shifting portrayals of a speaking “I.”

9-15 -

Rethinking "Remediation": New Approaches for the 21st Century

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Jason Spangler, Riverside City College

  1. Putting Organizational Metaphors to Work: Evaluating Remedial Assessment Within CSUs

    Frances Suderman, California State University, San Bernardino.

    By exploring parallels between organizational metaphors and the programs/tools used to assess students’ preparedness for college freshman English composition courses, this paper seeks to contribute to the remediation conversation by rethinking existing approaches to assessment for the purpose of offering support to 21st century models of English placement.

  2. The Forgotten

    Pegah Motaleb, San Diego Mesa College.

    Common barriers such as poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse, and teenage pregnancy prevent students from low socio-economic backgrounds, in our developmental courses, from succeeding. Institutions must implement services beyond EOP, EOPS, PASS, and PUENTE, and replace traditional below-transfer-level sequence of courses with accelerated ones to retain “The Forgotten” students.

  3. The Basic Skills Textbook: What We Need...What We Get...

    Richard E. Hishmeh, Palomar College.

    This paper explores the disconnect between growing trends in basic skills pedagogy, planning and curriculum and the top basic skills textbooks from major publishers. Secondly, it proposes a methodological approach to basic skills instruction not reflected in any of the major textbooks currently on the market.

  4. Shaking the Disease: Rethinking How We Talk about Remedial English

    Jo Scott-Coe, Riverside City College.

    Among academics and politicos alike, “remediation” suggests negative connotations that tend to dominate and frame public discussion. Universities—and now, many argue, even community colleges—shouldn’t have to offer remedial courses. What if we treated remediation as a social and intellectual opportunity rather than as a burden and a bother?

9-16 -

Scandinavian Literature and Culture

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University

  1. Magical Realism and the Fantastic in the Novels of Peter Høeg and Sjón

    Sharon Sieber, Idaho State University.

    This paper will study the interaction of magical realism and the fantastic in modern Scandinavian fiction. I compare the work of two authors, Sjón (The Blue Fox and The Whispering Muse) and Peter Høeg (The History of Danish Dreams: A Novel; Smilla’s Sense of Snow), within the context of postmodernism.

  2. Viking Exorcism: The Legal Roots of the Duradomr

    Robert Lively, Mesa Community College.

    This presentation focuses on the Viking idea of Exorcism as a legal matter and not a religious one.  Drawing upon the works of Icelandic scholars, I trace the use of legalistic principles of Viking culture developed during the Free-state era of Iceland, and how they are applied to the haunting in Eyrbyggja's Saga's duradomr (door-court) proceedings.

  3. What Dies, What Lives On

    Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside.

    The Icelandic Police Procedural has become an urgent tool for social exploration and criticism. Through the lens of the Icelander, Detective Erlendur, author Arnaldur Indriðason casts a light on a new age, fraught with racism and prejudism dwelling beneath a seemingly impenetrable facade of tolerance and open-mindedness.

9-17 -

Teaching Languages and Culture Through Film I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Patrizia Comello Perry, Borough of Manhattan Community College

  1. Ciak si gira! A Cinema Unit in the Italian Language Classroom

    Fabiana Viglione, University of Connecticut., Melina A Masterson, University of Connecticut.

    This presentation will show the versatility of cinema as a tool in the language classroom by engaging students in a project-based, multimedia and cross-cultural unit on Italian cinema.

  2. The Making of International Students into “Great Debaters” of Human Rights

    Ana M. De la Cruz, Utah State University., Marialuisa Di Stefano, Utah State University.

    This paper focuses on the teaching of Human Rights to international college-level English learners in a speaking class during the Global Academy program at Utah State University. The U.S. Civil Rights movement and the movie “The Great Debaters” (Washington, 2007) were used to achieve this objective. 

  3. Screening the Italian City: From Roma città aperta to La grande bellezza

    Roberta K Waldbaum, University of Denver.

    This paper, with accompanying film clips, focuses on an undergraduate Italian literature and cinema course on urban narratives and the comparison between urban reality and the idea of the Italian city as it is imagined and filtered through a variety of literary and visual representations, thus facilitating a greater understanding of Italian culture and society.

9-19 -

Western American Literature I

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. Ghostly Demarcations: Derridean Specters in Clint Eastwood’s Westerns

    Tim Luther, California Baptist University.

    There are spirits haunting Eastwood’s Westerns. This paper conducts a hauntology on High Plains Drifter (1973) and Pale Rider (1985) in order to identify and exorcise their ghosts. Specters of Derrida--deconstructive thinking of the trace, of iterability, différance--exceed the traditional givens of Eastwood’s discourse that yearns for justice.

  2. Taking Off the Mask: Trickster Legend as Frame Story in The Lone Ranger

    David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point".

    Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger re-examines several key tropes surrounding revisionism in film westerns.  But while the eponymous “hero” elicits important speculation on received notions of heroism and civilization, the film’s primary focus lies with Johnny Depp’s idiosyncratic portrayal of Tonto as a trickster figure.  This frame story does much to define the film’s outlook, aligning it thematically if not ideologically with an important but largely forgotten early representative of the genre, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man (1970).

  3. After the Frontier: The Virtual Pacific Pivot and the Globalisability of Hawai'i

    Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    This paper will discuss contemporary critical debates around and between post-colonial  and globalisation theory as they  relate to  contemporary American cultural production of a globalisable Hawai'i. Using Gayatri Spivak's term Globalisability it will try to mobilise the nuances of her term as it relates to a political understanding of globalisation as impossible on the level of aesthetic production.



  4. Westward Gazing to the Pacific: Hollywood’s Hawai’i

    Leanne Day, University of Washington.

    This paper explores how Hawai’i has been imagined through Hollywood in the last decade. I question how these Hollywood iterations of film and television as grounded in financial success and audience investment in pleasure provide a possible escape from encountering the complex histories of U.S. imperialism, Asian immigration, and the colonial past and present of Hawai’i.

9-20 -

Women in French V: Marguerite Duras, 100 Years Later

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Paulette Chandler, University of Southern California

  1. Flâneuses des deux rives: Duras, Varda


    Sonia Assa, "SUNY College, Old Westbury".

    Duras et Varda, toutes deux marginales à l’intérieur de mouvements à prédominante masculine (Nouveau Roman, Nouvelle Vague), ont toutes deux travaillé à articuler un défi contre les représentations traditionnelles de la féminité.  Dans ma communication, j’examinerai le thème de la flâneuse, qu'elles ont en commun. Leurs flâneuses ressemblent-elles au flâneur baudelairien ou apollinarien ? Se (re)trouvent-elles au bout de leurs déambulations ?

  2. Suitable for Sacrifice: The Portrait of Expendable Humanity in Marguerite Duras' Un Barrage contre le Pacifique

    Linda Alcott, University of Colorado Denver.

    This paper explores the victimization of the ancillary characters in Un Barrage contre le Pacifique.  In particular, an analysis of the desperate existences of "les enfants de la plaine" and that of "le Caporal" permeate the novel in such a way as to create the relentless backdrop of physical and psychological despair for which the Durassien novel is well-known.

  3. Disappearing Figures of Durassian Theatre

    Elizabeth Lindley, University of Cambridge, UK.

    The theatrical works of Marguerite Duras deliberately destabilise accepted codes of mimetic presentation, freeing her characters to a space beyond the boundaries of realist theatre. I will elaborate the manner in which Duras’ female figures gradually disappear from realist representations to utter a dialogue beyond history, logic and a symbolic universe.

10-01 -

"A (Wo)Man in the Mirror": Immigrant Transitions II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 6)
Chair: Daniel Chaskes, LIM College

  1. Progress vs. Process: Heteroglossia and Gender in the City Spaces of Middlesex

    Mary-Catherine Breed, Independent Scholar.

    The path of migration in Middlesex, when viewed alongside the unique heteroglots of is many cities, provides commentary on the dialectical nature of gender identity and development.

  2. Bionic Women: Negotiating Migrant Motherhood

    Danielle Cofer, University of Rhode Island.

    The television figure, the Bionic Woman, provides Thanh and Mai in Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge with a hybrid figure to communicate desires that otherwise seem to run counter to one another. This western media figure encodes ideal conceptions of heroism and is utilized to bond them when communication breaks down.

  3. Nations of Women, Nations of Ghosts: Globlaization of Chicana Identities in Giving Up the Ghost

    Claire Pelonis, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper demonstrates the relationship between Cherríe Moraga’s Giving Up the Ghost and a recent progression towards understanding Chicana identities in a global sense rather than as a product of Mexican migration. Moraga credits globalization for positive developments in the feminist movement and acknowledges the potential for nations of women that do not recognize national boundaries. Despite lamenting a trend towards multiculturalism, Moraga’s play embodies Suman Gupta’s theory that globalization is inescapably entangled with literature. 

  4. Maternity in Kate Chopin's The Awakening: The Identity Politics of the Grotesque

    Katie Frye, Pepperdine University.

    Kate Chopin's novel proposes three representations of postbellum motherhood—Edna, Adèle Ratignolle, and Edna’s unnamed nurse—and in so doing, it offers two different registers of the grotesque, one of aesthetics and one of the nineteenth-century legal system, complete with its none-too-subtle racial codification of black women as both human and animal.  This paper focuses on the latter, and in its examination, it will dialogue with notions of identity politics, cultural contexts, and family dynamics. 


10-02 -

Adaptation: Literature to Film II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 1)
Chair: Aili Zheng, Willamette University

  1. Adaptation and Adaptation: Impotence, Potence, and Orchid Thievery

    Reine Bouton, Southeastern Louisiana University.

    I will explore how impotence is shown in the film Adaptation to reflect the creative challenges of adapting a print text to a film.

  2. Conceptualizing Evil: “The Scouring of the Shire” and the Divergent Philosophical Depictions of Evil in J.R.R. Tolkien's Book Series and Peter Jackson's Film Series

    Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    This essay analyzes the differences between the depiction of evil in Tolkien’s book series and the way evil is presented in Jackson’s film series by looking at “The Scouring of the Shire” chapter from The Return of the King. While Jackson’s film presents evil as an externalized force that can potentially be destroyed, Tolkien presents evil as an internalized force that must be challenged continually and can reemerge after it is supposedly destroyed. 

  3. "They're all gonna laugh at you!": The Politics of Adapting Carrie in the 20th and 21st Centuries

    Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College.

    In this paper, I focus on the 2013 film adaptation of Carrie as indicative of shifts in discourse about violence and adolescence in the 20th and 21st centuries. I examine why the film adaptations emerged in certain historical moments and look at the queer and feminist potentials of adapating a novel like Carrie in the post-Columbine digital world.

10-03 -

Comparative Literature II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 3)
Chair: Melissa Martinez, University of California, San Diego

  1. Into the Abyss: Dante's Inferno in Under the Volcano

    Rachel Eliot Perry, Auburn University.

    This paper explores the influences of Dante’s Inferno that resonate throughout Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano. Lowry’s masterpiece is an account of a man following his own downward spiral into a personal hell. This paper takes into consideration the “cinematic language” of both novels, the physical descriptions of the hellish environment, and the hallucinatory and gruesome path both works follow. 

  2. Sumarokov’s Hamlet: The Religious Redemption of the Female Characters in the Context of Russian Cultural Code of the 18th Century

    Irina Renfro, California Baptist University.

    Sumarokov’s Hamlet, is observed from the viewpoint of connection with Russian apocryphal text of 9th century Revelations of Mary, Mother of God.  Special attention is given to the redemptive values of the female characters.

  3. Nordic Crime Fiction: A Surplus of Evil?

    Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University.

    The current spate of Nordic crime fiction follows generations of British and American sleuths, but this genre not only represents an escape from reality, it also co-mingles elements of the mystical, the unexplainable, the mythic, and the paranormal, thus intriguing readers on multiple levels.

10-04 -

Disability in American Literature II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 2)
Chair: Rachel Tie, Claremont Graduate University

  1. Freakish Bodies: Poe's "Hop-Frog" and the Spectacle of Difference and Disability

    Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis.

    Critics have ignored the key element of disability in Edgar Allan Poe’s “Hop-Frog,” choosing instead to focus on representations of race and American economics. Reading the tale as a version of the American freak show, “Hop-Frog” operates as an interpellation of able-bodies even as it desires to overturn dominant ideology.

  2. Ecosomatic Pathologies: Disability, Ethnicity and Deprivation of Human Capabilities in Meridel Le Sueur’s “Women on the Breadlines”

    Lina Geriguis, Chapman University.

    This paper explores Le Sueur’s “Women on the Breadlines” (1932) as a story about medical and social disabilities that result in social disintegration. The essay argues that in this reportage several narratives of pathology emerge, dissolving ethnicity, disability, gender and the deprivation of human capabilities into social categories that become synonymous and interdependent vehicles of abnormality.

  3. Disruptive Bodies: Visibility, Embodiment, and Landscape in William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses

    Jessica Cowing, The College of William and Mary.

    Labor and property in domestic and cultivated spaces that shapes family narratives is crucial to understanding the transformation of twentieth century southern landscapes in William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Invisible characters embody counternarratives and disrupt systems of patriarchal lineage, property inheritance, and interpretations of landscape in the early twentieth century.

  4. “Aint No Luck on No Place Where They Own Chillen’s Name Aint Never Spoke”: Mental, Physical, and Environmental Trauma in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

    Shaun F. Richards, The College of William and Mary.

    This paper explores trauma’s gendered environing within the Compson family. The Compson estate is a decomposing ecosystem that finds dysfunctional embodiment in Benjy, for whom the “natural” triggers haunting associations of Caddy and his castration. Through Benjy’s mental disability, masculine able-bodied subjectivity is re-conceptualized in physical, psychological, and ecological terms.

10-05 -

Ecocriticism IV (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Ballroom A)
Chair: Claire Nettleton, Pomona College

  1. Typhoons, Hurricanes, Racialized Bodies, and the Gothic Sea: Tracing Trans-Oceanic Disaster in the Writings of Lafcadio Hearn 

    Danielle Crawford, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper examines the representation of oceanic disaster in the writings of Lafcadio Hearn. By putting his work in Japan and New Orleans in conversation with each other, I argue that Hearn constructs a discourse of trans-oceanic disaster that relies on the tropes of the Gothic and the racialization of non-EuroAmerican subjects. This paper explores the workings of this 19th century discourse of disaster, and its possible implications for our understanding of 21st century disasters in the Pacific and Atlantic.  


  2. Disembodied and Disconnected: Separation from the Land in Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio

    Neal Fischer, University of South Florida.

    Through the fantastical visions and uncanny experiences of central characters such as Mazie Holbrook, Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties illustrates how the system of capitalism harms workers physically and mentally when they are separated from nature. An ecofeminist investigation of the novel reveals how capitalism defamiliarizes individuals from nature by associating nature with the monstrous feminine to such a degree that it alters the way people think and act.

  3. Swimmer Poetics and the Railroad of Bones: Ecocriticism and Ocean Narratives of the Hemispheric South

    Ryan Heryford, University of California, San Diego.

    This paper will consider how ocean narratives chart new ecological depictions of a ‘Global South.’ I am interested in the way in which US and Caribbean writers have used the ocean as a dynamic symbolic alternative to the territorialized, land-based tropes prominent in canonical environmental literature.

  4. Pastoralism as a Symptom of Trauma in Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” and A Farewell to Arms

    Samantha Solomon, Washington State University.

    This paper reimagines the way that trauma is represented in Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” and A Farewell to Arms by analyzing landscape imagery and pastoralism. Using Leo Marx’s The Machine in the Garden and modern literary trauma theory as theoretical frames, I argue that unspeakable trauma becomes identifiable through Hemingway’s descriptions of the landscape and use of the pastoral mode.    

10-06 -

English Literature and Culture (to 1700) II: Dissension and Gender in Early Modern England

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 5)
Chair: Kendyl Palmer, Cypress College

  1. Fool's Gold in The Faerie Queene: False Florimell "Rightly Wayd"

    Joanna LS Bradfield, University of California, Riverside.

    False Florimell of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene works as fool’s gold in the poem.  She poses an interpretive challenge to characters and readers alike. Everyone, including False Florimell herself, has trouble distinguishing between true and false, pure and impure, and natural and supernatural, categories already problematic given misogynist thinking about women’s inherent propensity for duplicity. 

  2. Exemplarity and Its Discontents in Michael Drayton’s Englands Heroical Epistles

    Andrew Fleck, San Jose State University.

    Focusing on Michael Drayton's treatment of the royal concubine Rosamond in a pair of verse letters modeled on Ovid's Heroides, this paper examines the limits of exemplarity when the example deals with rape.

  3. Hunting the Hind with a Rook Net: An Analysis of the Hunting Symbols as Key to Unlocking Wyatt's Hidden Politics

    Shane Wood, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper explores the well-known poem, “Whoso List to Hunt,” by Sir Thomas Wyatt and the rumor
    surrounding its connection to the supposed love affair between Wyatt and Anne Boleyn. Through a
    combination of close reading and historical context, and the unknown composition date of the poem, I
    explore the possibility that this poems refers not to a typical thwarted lover, but instead to the political
    dealings surrounding the trial of Anne Boleyn.

10-07 -

Folklore and Mythology

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Ballroom B)
Chair: Sam McBride, La Sierra University

  1. Diana's Emotions: Transformations in Transition for the Goddess

    Leontine Armstrong, California Baptist University.

    The transformations in Ovid's Metamorphoses take place for different reasons, and each tie into another narrative circling around a similar change. Diana, known as Artemis in Greek Mythology, is a goddess who changes mortals and nymphs into either an animal, source of water, or inanimate object for different reasons.

  2. Trickster or Treat: Reinterpreting the Norse God Loki

    Tiffany Viggiano, University of California, Riverside.

    Tricksters are at the epicenter of habitues. In the case of the Norse myths, Loki's actions create a stage that the other characters perform these cultural values on. I argue that Loki is not simply a one dimensional antagonist, but rather a multi-layered character that represents the paradoxes of the Norse Gods.

  3. Submerging the Subversive Pagan in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

    Jeremiah Henry, Callifornia State University, Fresno.

    This paper attempts to establish Idylls of the King as a mytho-poetic text that juxtaposes Judeo-Christian symbolism and imagery with mythological symbolism and imagery and to problematize the Judeo-Christian set of ideals overshadowing the pagan origins of Arthur and Camelot. I situate “The Coming of Arthur” as a mythic text by illustrating its features shared by other myths and legends with a special focus on the creation cycle of Camelot and the mysterious origins of Arthur himself.

10-08 -

Food Studies II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 4)
Chair: Suzanne Dunai, University of California, San Diego

  1. Nouveau Roman, Nouvelle Cuisine


    Veronique Olivier, Chapman University.

    I would like to explore the links between Marguerite Duras' New Novel Moderato Cantabile and the food movement that arose around the same time. Just as the Anne, the heroine of the novel, rejects her bourgeois dinner by vomiting it, Duras rejects the norms of the classic novel.

  2. Otherworldly Consumption: Rethinking Women's Positions Through the Eating Body in Pu Songling's "The Magic Sword and The Magic Bag"

    Myha Do, University of California, Davis.

    The symbolic representation of sexual intercourse and eating brings together public and private issues. In this essay, I examine different types of consumption presented in Pu Songling’s short story, “The Magic Sword and the Magic Bag,” to draw out alternative ways of thinking about women’s position and agency in patriarchal societies.

  3. Cooking, Eating, and Reading: Thoughts on Teaching Food Studies

    Rebecca Ingram, University of San Diego.

    Two early twentieth-century cookbooks by canonical Spanish writer and noted feminist Emilia Pardo Pazán are centerpieces of an upper-division cultural studies seminar I teach at the University of San Diego. This presentation will discuss how teaching culinary and gastronomical texts makes possible nuanced conversations about existing cultural debates in Spain while complicating students’ ideas about gender roles, social class, and the urban/rural divide.

10-09 -

George Eliot II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 7)
Chair: Mary Bell, University of Arizona

  1. The House That George Built: Blackwood Publishing and the Legacy of George Eliot

    Laura B. Williams French, SUNY Empire State College.

    This research examines the financial legacy of George Eliot’s writing, concentrating on the symbiotic relationship between the writer and her publisher John Blackwood which enabled the publisher indulge in a variety of projects that contributed to the culture of late Victorian England. 

  2. The Modern Her! Her! Her!: Feminism in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

    Sarah Moore, University of Texas, Dallas.

    This paper addresses religious resistance to patriarchal control as seen in George Eliot’s depiction of Daniel Deronda’s mother, Princess Alcharisi. By contextualizing Daniel Deronda within gender and religious studies, I argue that Princess Alcharisi’s statements counter patriarchal religious structures, the concept of maternal duty, and Victorian views of women. 

  3. “Doomed to Live”: George Eliot and Artificial Life

    Beatrice Sanford Russell, Princeton University.

    Eliot’s humanist aesthetics celebrates art’s power to preserve the past in its “sensuous materiality” as a nurturing influence on the future. Yet in The Legend of Jubal she abandons this humanist tenderness for the past, intimating that by fixing past sensations into artificial form, art constrains rather than flexibly supports future generations. Thus I reveal a radical impasse within Eliot’s ethical theory of aesthetic experience.

10-10 -

Magic Words: Experimental Poetry and Poetics

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 8)
Chair: Jessica Lewis Luck, "California State University, San Bernardino"

  1. Grand Gestures: Language Writing and the Body, Singular-Plural

    Rebecca Steffy Couch, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    This presentation will offer a provisional account of embodiment within The Grand Piano, a major ten-volume, multi-authored work by the West Coast circle of writers associated with Language poetry, in order to think through what poet Ron Silliman identified as the utopian promise of “gestural language,” and the possibility of sustaining community through collective writing practice. 

  2. Play Structures in 21st Century American Lyric Poetry

    Brian Stefans, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Poets are gravitating toward a “formal” style of writing poetry, forsaking the freedoms Modernism granted, opting rather for rhetorical, procedural, inhuman modes, characterized by arbitrary constraints, word lists, syllabics and re-workings of precedent texts. What do these new realist/mathematical modes have to say about digital culture—the “database as symbolic form” (Lev Manovich)—and can the use of fixed if variable forms be theorized from the angle of the “ludic” rather than that of a formal “tradition”?

  3. Boston’s “Better Dream House”: Introducing the “Occult School”

    Robert Dewhurst, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

    While studies of literary modernism and magic have tended to focus on high modernist figures, poetic interest in magic and the occult carried forward into proto-postmodern experimental writing communities of midcentury. This paper looks at three central figures of Boston’s “occult school”—John Wieners, Stephen Jonas, and Gerrit Lansing—and traces their investments in magical traditions and techniques as sources for poetry.

  4. No Input is Nonsense: Relevance and the "New Sentence"

    Francesca Astiazaran, California State University, San Bernardino.

    This paper will explore the relationship between the poet, the reader, and the "new sentence" by arguing that is through both the author's removal of context and the reader’s innate capacity to find relevance and, by extension, draw on her relationship to the traditional sentence that the poet is able to engage the reader in the co-construction of meaning.

10-11 -

Reanimating the Child: Children's Media and the Macabre II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 10)
Chair: David Clark, Independent Scholar

  1. ParaNormative: Pressures on Sexuality Within Society in ParaNorman

    Ashley Carranza, California State University, Fullerton.

    ParaNorman presents its audience with an underlying message regarding the standards of sexuality within society, the tradition of suppression regarding preference outside of normative parameters, and how people fit into (or do not fit into) these standards on an individual level.  

  2. Abject Identification in Japanese Tentacle Hentai

    Derek Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This essay will defend the assertion that viewers of hentai pornography identify with Kawai(i) violated youth, and disorients the line between subject-object relations.

  3. “Re”-Animation of the Inanimate: Mythopoetic Theatricality in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal

    Daniel Rottenberg, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This paper will examine Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal as an excellent examination of Sigmund Freud’s concept of the “uncanny,” depicting bizarre and haunting avant-garde approaches to reveal alternative subject-object relations in the realm of mythopoetic theatricality.

10-12 -

Scientific and Literary Discourse in the Western Cultural Tradition

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Meeting Room 9)
Chair: Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University

  1. Chasing the Spark of Life: Vital Technologies in Fin-de-siècle Literature


    Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    This paper examines the centrality of vitalist discourses to Victorian literature in the fin-de-siècle. I pay particular attention to the way scientific developments engendered continuous questions about the origins of life, and argue that Gothic fiction explored potential answers through its treatments of science and technology. 

  2. Metanarration in Defense of Metanarratives: Grand Narratives and Self-Reflexive Literature

    Tyler Heid, San Francisco State University.

    In this paper I explore some of the reactions to Jean-Francois Lyotard's postmodern-defining dismissal of grand narratives.  I primarily focus on the metanarrative contribution to grand narrative in texts by Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut, approached through the frame of the scientific community’s response to Lyotard. 

  3. Paradigmatic Shift in the Representation of the Scientist in Modern and Contemporary German-Language Literatures

    Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University.

    Based on an analysis of works by modern and contemporary German-language authors, the paper reveals a paradigmatic shift in conceptual concerns from the representation of the conflict between the scientist and society towards a marginalization of the scientist with a simultaneous reassertion of his role in shaping the very nature of humanity.

10-13 -

Teaching Languages and Culture Through Film II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross C)
Chair: Alex Mendes, University of California, Davis

  1. Spanish American Cinema in a Culture and Civilization Class: Challenging Assumptions

    Anne Fountain, San Jose State University.

    When we teach foreign language classes, we are teaching more than listening, speaking, reading and writing. Along with grammar and composition we impart culture and values and ways of looking at the world that may seem new or different for our students. One approach to accomplish the cultural goal is to use films or film clips from the target culture. These authentic visual tools can illustrate customs, music, humor, politics, and historical perspective as well as language.

  2. Teaching Italian: Culture and Stereotypes as Starting Point

    Elisa Saturno Paasche, Portland State University.

    The multidimensional nature of films represents a perfect alchemy to analyze the target language, culture and country. Culture and stereotypes are a direct source of constructive criticism and comparison, which oftentimes lead to amazing results in the oral/written production of L2 students.

10-14 -

Teaching Writing Across Disciplines

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross B)
Chair: Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California

  1. Feedback in Second Language Writing: Aligning Practices With Desired Student Learning Outcomes 

    Gabi Kathoefer, University of Denver.

    This paper discusses corrective feedback to compositions written in a second language, focusing on two learning outcomes: linguistic accuracy and critical thinking. We give an overview of current research on the topic and discuss common challenges and practices. Moreover, we present concrete ideas on how to give feedback to compositions written by college students (of German and Spanish) at different proficiency levels.

  2. Communicating Across the New Space of Curriculum: The Role of Close Reading in the Digital Age

    Andrea Dominguez, DeVry University.

    This paper examines deploying communication across the curriculum (CXC) methodologies in the teaching of literature through a blended model that challenges and reconfigures close reading pedagogy.  I argue that in the digital realm, close reading becomes a multi-media model of facilitation that necessitates not only active and critical reading, but engages students through sustained dialogue that speaks to various models of visual, comprehensive, and student-based learning.


  3. Writing in Slam: The Possibilities and Power of Teaching Composition through Slam Poetry

    Karen J. Crozer, Claremont Graduate University.

    For students who are behind in English language arts or who struggle with motivation, few mediums provide as many possibilities and engagement opportunities as slam poetry.  Given the chance to move to their words and perform them for classmates, this researcher found that even the most hard-to-reach student becomes motivated to write through a project called “Slam Lit.”

10-15 -

The Inlandia Institute: Celebrating and Memorializing Literary Inlandia

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross A)
Chair: Cati Porter, Inlandia Institute

  1. The Inlandia Institute: Celebrating and Memorializing Literary Inlandia

    Cati Porter, Inlandia Institute.

    Join Inlandia Institute authors for a reading and discussion exploring southern California's Inland Empire through writing, and learn about the Institute's support for writers of the region. Cati Porter is Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and author of Seven Floors Up, and the chapbooks small fruit songs, The Way Things Move The Dark, and (al)most delicious.

10-17 -

Western American Literature II

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross E)
Chair: Tim Luther, California Baptist University

  1. The Candleflame and the Image: Style in the Openings of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy

    Dan Reade, Norco College.

    Cormac McCarthy, like all great authors, uses the openings of his novels to introduce themes. However, McCarthy is distinct in that he also uses the phonemic features of his openings, their very sounds, as part of these introductions. This paper will explore these phonemic features in McCarthy's The Border Trilogy.

  2. All the Pretty Language: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses as Metafictional Künstlerroman

    Andrew Harnish, University of North Dakota.

    This paper views Cormac McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses as a “portrait of the artist as a young man,” wherein the adventures of its cowboy-prodigy protagonist, John Grady, stand in for incidents in the life of a talented young artist. 

  3. The Topography of Failure: Mapping the American West in Eric Puchner’s Model Home

    David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany).

    In his novel Model Home, Eric Puchner intertwines the dissolution of a family with the topography of the American West. In my paper, I argue that this notion of place is of central importance and helps to establish the novel’s vision of the dark underside of 1980s California and beyond.

10-18 -

“That Old Black Magic”: Temporality of Magic

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:15pm (RCC Raincross F)
Chair: Soren Frohlich, University of California, San Diego

  1. Underground Overground: The Paradox of the Sigil in Contemporary Usage 

    Simon Lee, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper considers the return to sigilization—the creation of cryptic symbols charged with arcane potential—and explores its 20th century transformation from demonic signature to iconographic logo. Noting how this transformation mirrors developments in communication technology, this paper posits that occult practices that were once obscured from society have emerged from the shadows as profitable sites for cultural analysis.

  2. Temporality of Fear and Counter-Spells in Stein’s Stanzas in Meditation

    Karen Lepri, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

    This paper uses modern theories of historical time, aesthetics, and magic to read  Gertrude Stein's Stanzas in Meditation as an antidote to cultural "shock wound" and alienation. Through an analysis of the poem's affective strategies of duration, interruption, and trance, I argue that Stanzas performs its own form of counter-modern/modern magic.

  3. Asynchronous Ghosts and Ghostly Fantasies: Thomas Chestre, Lord Dunsany, and Nonlinear Time

    Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College.

    Thomas Chestre’s 14th-century “Sir Launfal” and Lord Dunsany’s 1926 “The Sword of Welleran” purposely engage with asynchronous temporality and fantasy afterlives; the fantastical hauntings in these stories remind readers of the debt that the present owes to past bodies, insisting upon the importance of interrogating cultural obsessions with the past.

  4. Don’t Enter the Fairy Ring! The Distortion of Time in the Magical Realm

    Riven Barton, Santa Barbara City College.

    Folklore and fairy tales abound with the dangers of entering the realm of fairy. In this paper I explore the mythological passage of time in the fairytale with the distorted temporality of  traumatic experience, and how both can shape and inform our perceptions of time.


Tio's Tacos: A Tour of Riverside's Folk Art Wonderland

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm (RCC Lower Concourse)
Chair: Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside

  1. Tio's Tacos as Folk Art and Kitsch

    Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside.

    Patricia A. Morton, Associate Professor of architectural history in Art History at UC Riverside, will help to contextualize the kitschy and moving folk art of Tio's Tacos. Her book on the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris, Hybrid Modernities, was published in 2000 by MIT Press and in Japan by Brücke in 2002. Her current research focuses on the links between postmodern architecture and popular culture. She is Editor Designate of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.